Narottam Baidya withdraws his controversial remark against PM Oli

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Kathmandu: Bagmati Province Assembly member Narottam Baidya has withdrawn his controversial remark against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Addressing a meeting of Province Assembly on Saturday, the Nepali Congress lawmaker withdrew his statement with self-criticism and asked the Speaker to remove it from the Assembly’s record.

“I had made the remark being carried away by emotions as Prime Minister is attempting to elongate his stay in power by hook or crook. I have now realized that I spoke crossing my boundary to exercise freedom of opinion and expression,” said Baidya.

In Friday’s session of the Province Assembly, Baidya had said that he was ready to become Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, against the Prime Minister.

The statement had drawn criticisms from several quarters. The NC had directed Baidya to withdraw the remark with self-criticism. The UML had said that the statement attracts the criminal law and was highly offensive and condemnable.