‘NCP (NCP) leaders not defending govt’

Kathmandu, July 17

The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) plans to convene a meeting of its Standing Committee soon to discuss the government’s performance and role of party leaders, lawmakers and cadres, after Prime Minister and NCP Co-Chairman KP Sharma Oli today said he did not get due acknowledgement for the good deeds of the government from members of his own party.

Following Oli’s statement during his meeting with party leaders and cadres at the NCP (NCP) headquarters at Dhumbarahi, the NCP secretariat, also known as the high-command, decided that the issue should be discussed thoroughly in the standing committee.

In his meeting with party leaders and cadres, Oli complained that NCP (NCP) leaders, lawmakers and cadres did not defend the government’s good decisions and policies and programmes.

With the government set to complete five months in office on Thursday, Oli said it would be unfair to expect tangible progress in such a short time, but the government had done substantial work.

He said he only saw protests, criticisms and non-cooperation with the government from all quarters, but did not see his party leaders, lawmakers and cadres coming out in defence of the government’s decisions or activities.

The main opposition Nepali Congress has announced nationwide protests against the government’s ‘autocratic’ and ‘anti-people’ activities, while Dr Govinda KC has been staging a hunger strike in Jumla since June 30 demanding reforms in the health education sector. The NC has also expressed solidarity with Dr KC’s demands.

Oli also lamented that there was no one to write or speak in favour of the government’s historical, progressive and development-oriented decisions that had never been taken before.

“We have a powerful party that has garnered more than 50 per cent popular votes, but no one is there to write or speak in the government’s favour. I have yet to listen to views in favour of the government,” Oli said.

Interestingly, none of the 441 NCP (NCP) central committee members and 217 lawmakers has defended the government’s decisions in the way that could affect public discourse.

“Opponent groups have organised against the government although they do not have any substantial issues,” said Oli. “Potholes on the city streets were not created by this government. They were the result of carelessness of the previous government. Now, they are blaming us for the situation,” he said.