How strong is Oli?

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Reporter

To­day, KP Sharma Oli is a strong Prime Min­is­ter en­joy­ing two-thirds ma­jor­ity in the par­lia­ment. In prov­inces also, ex­cept from No 2 prov­ince, all the prov­inces are un­der the lead­er­ship and dom­i­na­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (CPN). There­fore, Oli is the most pow­er­ful ex­ec­u­tive chief of the coun­try as po­lit­i­cal his­tory tells us. How­ever, such a pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment has not been able to take any bold steps even af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice for four months. The Supreme Court and also the Com­mis­sion for In­ves­ti­ga­tion of Abuse of Au­thor­ity are run­ning un­der the lead­er­ship of act­ing chiefs. In many places, in­clud­ing in New Delhi, the am­bas­sado­rial post has re­mained va­cant for months. The gov­ern­ment has not been able to ful­fill th­ese va­can­cies due to a de­lay in the for­ma­tion of dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing the pub­lic hear­ing com­mit­tee in the par­lia­ment. With the ar­ro­gance of hav­ing a two-thirds ma­jor­ity, CPN has tried to side­line the Nepali Congress, the main op­po­si­tion party, due to which the for­ma­tion of the com­mit­tees has been de­layed. On the other hand, within the party also, many in­flu­en­tial lead­ers have be­come dis­sat­is­fied from Oli's act as an au­thor­i­tar­ian leader. For­mer in­flu­en­tial lead­ers of the then UML, namely, Asta­laxmi Shakya, Yubraj Gyawali, Ish­war Pokhrel, Ghanashyam Bhushal, Rabindra Ad­hikari, Gokarna Bista, Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai, among oth­ers, have felt hu­mil­i­ated from Olis' be­hav­ior. The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion lead­ers in the party are try­ing to de­velop a strong group to chal­lenge Oli. If Ish­wor Pokhrel was elected as gen­eral sec­re­tary of the then UML, he would have shown non­co­op­er­a­tion to Oli, and the lat­ter would have be­come very weak in the party be­cause of this. Al­ready, there is dis­sat­is­fac­tion among the for­mer UML lead­ers against Oli's com­mit­ment to han­dover party chair­man­ship to Push­paka­mal Da­hal from the up­com­ing uni­fi­ca­tion na­tional con­ven­tion of the uni­fied party. They are of the view that the party lead­er­ship can­not be given to any­body with­out com­pet­ing in the elec­tion. In the elec­tion, if the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion lead­ers chal­lenge the party lead­er­ship, it will be­come dif­fi­cult for Oli to se­cure Da­hal's vic­tory as the party chair­man.

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