Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, while presenting the government's achievements in the past three years in office, today said he was not given a chance to fulfil the promises he had made to the people.

Justifying his December 20 recommendation for dissolving the House of Representatives, he said it was the most viable option to prevent the country from falling into the deep pit of instability and political conspiracies.

Oli, who spent more than 40 minutes in his one-andhalf-hour long speech in defence of his move, said that it was a matter of utter despair that the party's Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal had accused him of criminal offences in the letter of notrust motion.

"There was not even a single formal complaint or constructive criticism against me at the parliamentary party or against the party's whip or chief whip. The letter was filled with negativity and to make matters worse they printed the letter and circulated it across the country," Oli said.

Addressing members of the Cabinet and government officials at his office in Singha Durbar, Oli said he had tried his best not to make the Parliament a victim of his party leaders' vested interest. "The leaders neither let me appoint people in key posts nor did they allow me to work smoothly. They almost ran a parallel government and this compelled me to dissolve the House."

Oli also said he had dissolved the House after realising it would not be a good idea to resign when he had the backing of almost 64 per cent of lawmakers in the House. "Those few people knew they could not form the government with the support of 36 per cent lawmakers.

So they wanted me to fail and push the country into political instability and uncertainty.

Now that we have already announced elections, their plans have been thwarted," Oli said.

At the programme, Oli inaugurated the Office of the Prime Minister in Singha Durbar after its retrofitting.

Singha Durbar had suffered massive damage in the 2015 earthquakes.

Meanwhile, Oli did not fail to paint a rosy picture of development works carried out in the first two years of his premiership. He, however, admitted that his government could not do much this year due to the pandemic, which affected the economic activities across the world.

He said the country's Human Development Index was constantly rising, and it showed that the country was gradually developing. He also claimed the country had entered the era of electricity as consumption of electricity had increased significantly.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 16, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.