Kathmandu, September 27
Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal flayed his own party’s government for neither improving law and order nor controlling corruption or forces that challenge country’s sovereignty.
Speaking from the rostrum of the House of Representatives on the last day of the budget session, Nepal said increased incidents of violence against women had eroded the trust of the public in the government. He rued that no action was taken against perpetrators in most such cases.
He said some people were openly challenging the sovereignty of the nation, yet the government bodies were not taking any action against them. He said he was frustrated to see wrong people being rewarded. “The government should end favouritism and nepotism,” he added.
The ruling party leader said inefficient bureaucrats were promoted to top posts, including the secretary. “I can understand people’s frustration over governance issues. The government should listen to people’s grievances and act accordingly,” he added.
Nepal said the government should be able to take all forces on board and work to address people’s basic needs of food, shelter, education, health and security.
Deputy leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar accused Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli of acting against federalism.
He criticised the PM for instructing party cadres to act like hornets. “What is his intention? Is he trying to start a conflict,” he added.
Lawmaker Rajendra Mahato accused the government of failing to bring to book those involved in rapes and murders across the country.
Mahato expressed concern about not providing the certificate of election victory to lawmaker Resham Chaudhari. The government also failed to curb sky-rocketing prices of daily essentials and black-marketing in the run-up to the festival, he added.
He urged the government to expedite construction of Nijgadh airport without damaging the environment.
Ram Sahaya of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal urged the government to be honest in implementing fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.
A version of this article appears in print on September 28, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.