Kathmandu, April 16
Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Pashupati Sumsher Rana today said his party was the ‘frustrated partner’ of the incumbent KP Sharma Oli-led government.
Pashupati Sumsher is the grandson of then prime minister Mohan SJB Rana. He compared the Oli-led government with then Rana regime and said it was worse than the government led by Juddha Sumsher.
He added that Juddha Sumsher had performed far better during the earthquake of 1934 than the incumbent government.
“Then Rana prime minister Juddha Shumsher had collected over Rs 6 million, including over Rs 1 million from within the Rana family, to provide relief to earthquake victims and reconst damaged structures.
The reconstruction works were accomplished within three-and-half-years at that time.
However, the present government’s failure to even begin reconstruction works a year after the devastating earthquake last year shows the government’s inefficiency,” he said said at a meeting with reporters on the occasion of Nepali New Year celebration.
He further informed that the aid pledged by various countries for the post-quake reconstruction was on the verge of being cancelled due to the government’s inability to begin reconstruction works.
“Though the blockade at border points was lifted two months ago, shortage of daily essentials still persists while black marketing and corruption are rampant. The country’s one third population is unhappy with the new constitution.
However, the government has done nothing to resolve these problems,” Rana said.
When asked why the RPP was intact as a coalition partner when it had numerous grievances against the present government, he said, “We are the government’s frustrated partner.”
A version of this article appears in print on April 17, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.