Dr KC breaks his pre­vi­ous records

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

Dr Govinda KC, who launched his 15th fast onto death, has es­tab­lished a new record as the hunger strike con­tin­ued for 26 days. Dr. Govinda KC launched his 15th edi­tion of fast-unto-death de­mand­ing with­drawal of the Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Bill tabled by the gov­ern­ment, re­plac­ing a num­ber of pro­vi­sions in­cluded in the Or­di­nance is­sued by the SherBa­hadurDeuba- led gov­ern­ment. The gov­ern­ment didn't take any con­crete step to ad­dress his de­mands although CPN leader and for­mer Speaker was re­port­edly as­signed to re­solve the prob­lem through di­a­logue. How­ever, on 24 July, KC's team and the gov­ern­ment team held of­fi­cial talks and both the sides were seen pos­i­tive. The hunger strike of Dr. KC has pro­vided a plat­form to ex­change words be­tween the rul­ing and op­po­si­tion par­ties. Con­tro­ver­sial views were floated from the lead­ers of the rul­ing par­ties and own­ers of the pro­posed med­i­cal col­leges. Law Min­is­ter Sher Ba had ur Tam ang had to quit his min­is­te­rial po­si­tion due to his con­tro­ver­sial re­marks on Nepali women doc­tors who has stud­ied/are study­ing in Bangladesh. Min­is­ter Tamang faced the prob­lem when he be­lieved the words of Dur­gaPra­sai, the owner of Band C Hos­pi­tal who was dragged to con­tro­versy af­ter a pic­ture show­ing him feed­ing Marsi rice to Prime Min­is­ter KP Olia ndCPN chair Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal went vi­ral in so­cial sites. While Prime Min­is­ter Oli looks in­tol­er­ant to Dr. KC as he sees Dr. KC chal­leng­ing his plan to give per­mis­sion to Manamo­han Med­i­cal Col­lege and B& C Hos­pi­tal as well as the supremacy of the par­lia­men­tary sys­tem. More­over, he has be­come an­gry when Nepali Congress, Naya Shakti Party Nepal and Bibek­sheelSa­jha Party backed Dr. KC's move­ment. Nepali Congress has been ex­ert­ing pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the de­mands put forth by Dr. KC while ac­tivists of the Bibek­sheelSa­jha have come to the street sup­port­ing Dr. KC. PM Oli and CPN lead­ers have smelt rats in the in­volve­ment of the op­po­si­tion par­ties in Dr. KC's move­ment, which has re­sulted in the lin­ger­ing of the hunger strike. How­ever, the PM and other CPN lead­ers are not in po­si­tion to say that de­mands raised by Dr KC are wrong. Even the CPN ac­tivists seem sup­port­ing KC although a neg­li­gi­ble num­ber of CPN ac­tivists have been crit­i­ciz­ing KC but they have weak ar­gu­ments. More­over, ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the for­mer Chief Jus­tices KalyanShrestha and Sushi­laKarki, Dr Ba bur amBh at tr ai, film ac­tors, hu­man rights ac­tivists and oth­ers in Dr KC's move­ment has weak­ened the ar­gu­ments of the gov­ern­ment and the CPN, although, those faces, who have come to back KC's strike, are al­leged to be pro-West and pro-South and the gov­ern­ment has sus­pected for­eign hands be­hind their sup­port to KC's fast onto death. The Nepali Congress lead­ers, while mark­ing the 36th B P Memo­rial Day on Sun­day crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment, on the other hand, the CPN lead­ers crit­i­cised the NC while mark­ing the 40th death an­niver­sary of Push­palal. Mean­while, gen­eral pub­lic, civil so­ci­ety and celebri­ties have stood in favour of Dr. KC which has pushed the gov­ern­ment in a de­fen­sive cor­ner. Ed­i­tors of dailies have also ex­pressed their sol­i­dar­ity with his hunger strike. In­ter­na­tion­al­is­tion of the is­sue, es­pe­cially use of force by the gov­ern­ment in the Kar­nali Academy of Health Sci­ences in Jumla to lift KC to Kath­mandu, has fur­ther irked the gov­ern­ment. KC was brought to Kath­mandu from Jumla where he has been stag­ing the strike by us­ing force last Thurs­day. Above all, Dr. KC's de­mands

has chal­lenged the plans of the two chair­men of the CPN to grant per­mis­sion to run med­i­cal col­leges in the above said hos­pi­tals owned by Ra­jen­draPande and Dur­gaPra­sai. With the pass­ing of the day, the sit­u­a­tion has be­come more com­pli­cated. KC is not ready to end his strike and gov­ern­ment is not ready to ad­dress his de­mands. Many in­de­pen­dent peo­ple think the gov­ern­ment in­tends to kill Dr. KC as the CPN lead­ers are tak­ing Dr, KC as the big­gest en­e­mies while the CPN lead­ers have ac­cused NC of pre­vent­ing KC from hold­ing talks with the gov­ern­ment. How­ever, the CPN lead­ers seem to have failed to en­vis­age the con­se­quences if KC dies while stag­ing the hunger strike. The gov­ern­ment that has failed to de­liver in five months in of­fice have be­come fur­ther un­pop­u­lar due to the wrong han­dling of Dr KC's strike. More in­trigu­ing it is when the com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment hav­ing a goal of es­tab­lish­ing so­cial­ism ap­plies its full strength be­hind the busi­ness­men who want to open med­i­cal col­leges to make fast bucks. These mis­match­ing ac­tiv­i­ties

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