Gov­ern­ment fails to demon­strate its per­for­mance?

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The pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment of a two-thirds ma­jor­ity has been draw­ing crit­i­cism from pub­lic as well as the op­po­si­tion party for its non-per­for­mance in the five months of its for­ma­tion in Fe­bru­ary this year. Even the UML lead­ers and cadres agreed that the gov­ern­ment has failed to de­liver as promised dur­ing its for­ma­tion. If we look at the streets of Kath­mandu, we can­not say that the gov­ern­ment has done some­thing im­por­tant in five months. The roads are still dusty. In­stead, the garbage heaps ev­ery­where seem to mak­ing mock­ery of the pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment. Al­though the gov­ern­ment an­nounced an end to syn­di­cate sys­tem, com­muters still feel the pres­ence of syn­di­cate. Tip­pers are killing the mo­tor­cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans. Drivers are honk­ing horns de­spite a ban on honk­ing horns. Peo­ple can­not get their work done with­out brib­ing the em­ploy­ees in the gov­ern­ment of­fices. Cases of cor­rup­tion have in­creased. Gold smug­gling is go­ing on abated. Re­con­struc­tion of quake-dam­aged mon­u­ments has not yet be­gun. As such, ev­ery­one sees the gov­ern­ment has failed to per­form. But Prime Min­is­ter K P Sharma Oli and min­is­ters do not ad­mit this re­al­ity. They have been claim­ing that the gov­ern­ment has done a lot of work! Fed up with crit­i­cism from pub­lic, me­dia and the op­po­si­tion party, PM Oli told the CPN law­mak­ers at its par­lia­men­tary party meet­ing held at his Baluwatar res­i­dence to de­fend the gov­ern­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the par­lia­ment. “Top lead­ers should laud the gov­ern­ment pol­icy and pro­gramme so that a pos­i­tive mes­sage could reach the pub­lic,” he said. He also in­formed his plan to pub­lish book­lets to pub­li­cise the ac­tiv­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment. Ear­lier, he had urged the party ac­tivists dur­ing a meet­ing held at the party of­fice in Dhum­barahi to strongly de­fend the gov­ern­ment. He had ex­pressed his dis­sat­is­fac­tion that the CPN lead­ers were not de­fend­ing the gov­ern­ment when it was un­der at­tack from all sec­tors. He even claimed that his party had no leader ca­pa­ble to speak and write in favour of the gov­ern­ment. Oli had ad­dressed the meet­ing when Dr Govinda KC's was stag­ing his 15th hunger strike and the pub­lic and me­dia were back­ing the strike. “In this crowd, I think there is no one who can write, I have not seen your any write-up, no­body from this crowd can speak,” he had ex­pressed his ire. Only af­ter the Dhu­marahi meet­ing, the CPN lead­ers, in­clud­ing Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal dared to crit­i­cise Dr KC's hunger strike and the NC for sup­port­ing Dr KC. How­ever, crit­i­cism of Dr KC re­sulted coun­ter­pro­duc­tive for a few CPN ledaers. Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Ta­mang had to quit whereas po­lit­i­cal ca­reer of a num­ber of CPN lead­ers like Nabina Lama has been at risk due to their con­tro­ver­sial re­mark against Dr KC. Even im­age of CPN leader Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai got tar­nished due to his re­marks against Dr KC. PM Oli also held a meet­ing of pro-CPN jour­nal­ists and told them to write in favour of the gov­ern­ment. How­ever, only jour­nal­ists work­ing in of­fi­cial me­dia fol­lowed him.

As a re­sult, the Gorkha­p­a­tra did not pub­lish any news and pic­tures about the two ral­lies taken in Kath­mandu on July 21 in favour of Dr KC al­though The Ris­ing Nepal, the English Daily of the Gorkhap­tra Cor­po­ra­tion pub­lished news as well as pic­ture of gov­ern­ment, against its ear­lier stance, agreed to meet all de­mands of Dr KC, jour­nal­ists who crit­i­cised Dr KC and his strike, are find­ing them­selves in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion within the cir­cle of jour­nal­ists. The CPN had called the meet­ing of jour­nal­ists edi­tors is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing their sol­i­dar­ity with Dr KC. Th­ese all events showed that the PM has felt that works of the gov­ern­ment have not reached the pub­lic. But the truth is that the peo­ple have not yet re­alised that the gov­ern­ment has done any­thing im­por­tant in five

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