Oli vs Dr KC: Who won the bat­tle?

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

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

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