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Ruling party lawmakers criticise Oli, government


Jagdishor Panday
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Kathmandu, July 1

Lawmakers of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) today criticised their own government’s poor performance.

During the NCP parliamentary party meeting, lawmakers said the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led government had failed to meet people’s expectations even after being in power for more than one year.

Lawmakers informed Oli, who is also their parliamentary party leader, that the government’s performance belied the claims the PM made in his public speeches.

Around 30 NCP lawmakers expressed their views in the PP meeting.

Of them, almost 80 per cent lawmakers criticised the Oli-led government’s performance, according to a party lawmaker.

The lawmaker said most of the speakers today accused the PM of taking into confidence only his core team, ignoring other party leaders.

“The PM has been saying that he was working 18 hours a day.

But why have eight lakh cadres of the party not been assigned any duty within the party? Party cadres do not have any assignment even for eight minutes a day,” NCP lawmaker Ramkumari Jhakri said in the meeting. Jhakri told Oli that the party’s election slogan of making the country prosperous could not be realised if the PM acted alone, ignoring other leaders.

Lawmaker Ghanashyam Bhusal said there should be proper guidelines to run the party and the government.

He said all issues should be properly discussed within the party. He said the government was being run on the basis of what the PM decided and that was not the right track to follow.

Lawmakers urged Oli to encourage collective decision-making within the party. Most of the lawmakers said political appointments should be made only after discussing the issue within the party.

Some MPs criticised the government for allocating budget only in the districts and constituencies represented by ministers and powerful leaders.

Three ministers — Minister of Land Management and Cooperatives Padma Aryal, Minister of Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada and Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transportation—briefed about their ministries’ activities and defended the government’s work.

Replying to lawmakers in the meeting, party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal said he would only respond to questions related to the functioning of the party and not the government. He added that the remaining work of party unification would finish soon.

Replying to lawmakers, Oli, who is also the party co-chair, refuted the charge that he took all decisions on his own. He added, “We should finish the merger process soon because communist movements around the world are watching us keenly.”

Senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal didn’t say a word in the meeting.

None of the lawmakers strongly defended the PM and his government.

A version of this article appears in print on July 02, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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