Oli vs Dr KC: Who won the battle?
Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli, who had been showing arrogance against Dr. Govinda KC's hunger strike, had finally agreed to meet all the demands put forth by the senior orthopedic surgeon. However, it took 27 days for the Prime Minister to bow before KC's all demands. Although PM Oli tried to undermine the fast-unto- death of Dr KC for 25 days, he had to take a swift move to end his strike on the last two days after Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang had to resign due to his controversial remarks. It seemed PM Oli himself felt a threat to his chair by the lingering hunger strike of Dr KC and reached a conclusion to end the strike at any cost. The haste shown by PM Oli to end Dr KC's strike at the eleventh hour also hinted that he was misinformed about the report of the Mathema Commission in the beginning. When Kedar Bhakta Mathema, who had led the Commission and Dr Dharmakant Baskota briefed him about the Mathema report, he probably realised why Dr KC had been staging hunger strike. Then he mobilised Subas Nembang to address the problem, which finally yielded the desired fruit. Everyone knows that Prime Minister Oli had totally ignored Dr KC's strike for three weeks because he had understood that his strike was to prevent the Manmohan and B and C hospitals from becoming medical colleges. He used harsh words against Dr KC stating that he was a civil servant; he had to abide by the government. Some CPN leaders and cadres as well as those associated with business of medical education had even expected death of Dr KC. Dr KC also scolded the PM and the government for the vandalism in the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla while lifting him to Kathmandu. Indeed, the government tried to suppress KC's movement for 20 days thinking that it was a strike instigated by Nepali Congress and Bibeksheel Sajha Party. Even after lifting him to Kathmandu, the government took no step to address KC's demands. Instead, it used force against the supporters of Dr KC in the street. But when Dr KC refused to
budge, more people came to the street in his support and the government faced pressure, PM Oli had no option but to address the demands. Interestingly, PM Oli had to send a message to Dr KC through a channel using his personal doctor that the latter should not scold the former. When Dr Divya Shah took this message, a solid ground was prepared for the talks. On last Thursday afternoon, when the government agreed all demands except for granting affiliation to Manamohan Hospital outright rejected and the government had to accept all demands. Hence, KC turned victorious in the 27day battle. However, the government and the CPN leaders termed it as their victory. Obviously, when the communist government tried to work in fvaour of the businessmen, it faced a setback. Had the PM been briefed honestly or had the PM dared to understand the contents of the Mathema Commission in the beginning, the government would have avoided the damages it suffered due