Govt plans and policies draw mixed reaction

Kathmandu, July 4:

While a section of party leaders in the parliament today reacted positively to the government’s policies and programmes, others found them wanting.

“Generally speaking, it is positive insofar as it reflects the spirit of the April uprising. It refers to land and agriculture reforms and democratisation of the entire polity. I have, however, not reflected on the other finer points,” said CPN-UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal. Another UML leader Bamdev Gautam also appreciated them, while Gokarna Bista, a UML MP, said “it is like old wine in a new bottle.”

Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party (NWPP) leader Narayan Man Bijukche said it was “not very revolutionary at all.”

However, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) leader Pashupati Rana welcomed it “as it promises election on time.”

Nepali Congress (D) leader Bimalendra Nidhi appreciated the document saying “it promises everything we can achieve right now. We can expect more from the supplementary budget later on.”

Hari Roka, a Maoist-leaning MP, said: “I did not like anything in the document and will bring in an amendment proposal.”

Janardan Sharma, a Maoist MP, denied that the document “reflects anything revolutionary.” He said it was a transitional one which has shown some commitment to basic political agenda.