The gov­ern­ment seems very weak

Two-thirds ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to face strong crit­i­cism

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The strong gov­ern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter K. P. Sharma has been fac­ing crit­i­cism not only from the main op­po­si­tion party, the Nepali Congress, but also from within the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal. The me­dia, civil so­ci­ety, busi­ness com­mu­nity and pub­lic in gen­eral have also been crit­i­cis­ing the gov­ern­ment for one rea­son or an­other. When the ar­rests of jour­nal­ists in the name of vi­o­lat­ing the civil code have irked the me­dia the ram­pant tax levied by the lo­cal gov­ern­ments has an­gered the peo­ple and the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Like­wise, the gov­ern­ment's fail­ure to dis­miss the cor­rupt of­fi­cials ap­pointed by the for­mer gov­ern­ment in dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment cor­po­ra­tions, boards and coun­cils have dis­ap­pointed the em­ploy­ees work­ing in such or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as the cadres of the CPN. Cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment have been com­mon in many cor­po­ra­tions and of­fices. But the pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment of a two-thirds ma­jor­ity has been un­able to re­lieve the cor­rupt of­fi­cials. Al­though the gov­ern­ment de­cided to an­nul all ap­point­ments made by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment af­ter the con­clu­sion of the elec­tions, the Supreme Court re­in­stated all of them. When the bad gov­er­nance has be­come a rule of law in gov­ern­ment of­fices, the con­trac­tors have openly chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment by de­lib­er­ately dil­ly­dal­ly­ing in com­plet­ing the de­vel­op­ment projects. Like­wise, the trans­port en­trepreneurs have got united to re­vive the syn­di­cate sys­tem by putting one pre­con­di­tion af­ter an­other in the eve of Dashain fes­ti­val. More­over, due to the grow­ing cases of rape and mur­der and the sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties of the po­lice in some of the rape and mur­der cases the gov­ern­ment has fur­ther drawn crit­i­cism from all quar­ters of life. The case of Nir­mala Panta who was raped and killed in Kan­chan­pur on July 26 has now emerged as the big­gest headache for the gov­ern­ment. The main op­po­si­tion party as well as the peo­ple in gen­eral has been an­gry with the gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to give jus­tice to the vic­tim. Al­though the gov­ern­ment has formed one com­mis­sion af­ter an­other to in­ves­ti­gate into the case, the guilty is yet to be booked. Peo­ple be­lieved that the po­lice was giv­ing pro­tec­tion to the guilty and the po­lice had their role in de­stroy­ing the ev­i­dences of the rape and mur­der case. Even Prime Min­is­ter Oli was dragged into con­tro­versy for his re­marks in favour of the two Bam sis­ters from whose home Nir­mala had gone miss­ing. Within the rul­ing CPN, many lead­ers have be­come un­happy with the

per­for­mance of the gov­ern­ment. When Narayankaji Shrestha had been un­happy with the lead­er­ship for the wrong-han­dling of Dr. Govinda KC's case by the PM, se­nior CPN leader Mad­hav Ku­mar Nepal has also been un­happy with PM over the for­ma­tion of the party com­mit­tee. Like­wise, CPN lead­ers like Jha­lanath Khanal, Ghanashayam Bhusal and Am­rit Bo­hora have openly crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment as well as party lead­er­ship. Fed up with the grow­ing crit­i­cism from all quar­ters, the PM re­cently urged the party cadres to re­spond to the crit­i­cism of the op­po­si­tion party and oth­ers as hor­nets re­spond to their en­e­mies. But his re­marks be­came new masala to fur­ther crit­i­cise the gov­ern­ment. Not only the NC lead­ers but also the CPN lead­ers dis­liked his re­marks. CPN leader Bhusal told a daily that the gov­ern­ment and the party have left no space to de­fend the gov­ern­ment. Ob­vi­ously, non-per­for­mance of the gov­ern­ment has been re­spon­si­ble for fall­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the strong gov­ern­ment. In seven months af­ter its for­ma­tion, the gov­ern­ment has not done any work that pleases the pub­lic. In­stead, the gov­ern­ment ir­ri­tated pub­lic by tak­ing a few wrong de­ci­sions and mak­ing moves which do not match the pub­lic as­pi­ra­tions.

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