Government fails to demonstrate its performance?
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