Coalition partners unhappy as Oli government completes 100 days

Kathmandu, January 18

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s government completed 100 days honeymoon period today, but it has failed to appease its major coalition partner.

The government has listed a number of achievements, but the main opposition party and its major coalition partner have nothing to comment on the achievements.

Though the government was formed at a time when the country was reeling under one of the most difficult phases in its history, the PM’s Chief Political Adviser Bishnu Rimal said there were some achievement in 100 days.

According to Rimal this government has begun implementing the constitution with the election of four major constitutional positions  president, vice-president, speaker and deputy speaker; addressed the political antagonisms in the country; presented constitution amendment bill in Parliament to address the demands of the agitating parties and the government successfully maintained diplomatic balance.

Rimal said the government was about to end the ongoing blockade of essential supplies; initiated diversification of trade, sought transit rights from other neighbouring countries; initiated action to end load-shedding and started seeking alternatives to hydro-power.

He further said the government had added 22 MW to the national grid and the process of issuing national identity cards had begun.

Rimal said the government was not planning to make public its achievements like previous governments did.

However, there are several activities of the Oli-led government that invited severe criticism from the public.

Division of existing ministries without study just to prevent the government’s downfall; formation of jumbo cabinet with six deputy prime ministers; delay in addressing woes of earthquake victims;

delay in ending blockade were some major issues that invited criticism.

Lately, PM Oli’s dream-like commitments, including ending load-shedding within a year and providing cooking gas through pipes linked to all households roused public anger.

Commenting on 100 days of government in which his party has a major share Unified CPN-Maoist Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said this government could not deliver satisfactorily.

Shrestha said the government could not work as per the aspirations of the people during this time of difficulty, but his party was for correcting this attitude of the government and making works of the government result-oriented.

NC leader Minendra Rijal said the main opposition party was not in a condition to comment on the 100 days of K P Oli led government as there was no achievement to praise.

Rijal said this government has been talking tall instead of actually working for the country.