Oli scoffs at ‘autocratic’ slur
- PM says govt’s focus is on progress, not ‘totalitarianism’
Apr 25, 2018-
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday dismissed accusations of ‘imposing totalitarianism’ and stressed the government’s focus remains on accelerating development in the country.
His remarks came while opening Madan Bhandari Park at Mahadevsthan in Koteshwor. He rebuffed talks of totalitarianism and said he is running the government as expected.
The park, constructed at Mahadevsthan-Koteshwar-32 in the capital, spreads over 3.13 ropanis of land. Its construction cost Rs 30.22 million. It has a life-size statue of leader Bhandari. There are plants with beautiful flowers in the park. Speaking at the event, Oli said the government would prevent general strikes in the future. “Some blame us of organising strikes in the past. We reply them by saying we did it against autocracy and monarchy. The situation has changed now,” he said.
The CPN-UML chairperson also said Madan Bhandari was not only a leader of UML, but also a leader of the country. He said the government is committed to end all kinds of bad practices as it aspires to deliver good governance and prosperity to citizens. Stressing on good governance, Oli said the government would end corruption and all malpractices at any cost. The government is on a mission to make the nation well developed and prosperous.
Scoffing at the Nepali Congress, Oli said, “Some say that signs of totalitarianism evident. Totalitarianism will be seen when the load shedding ends, roads widened, Melamchi project delivers water to Kathmandu and railway construction starts in the country.”
He said that Nepal would not lag in development as it competes with all. He reiterated completing construction of Kathmandu-Nijgadh Fast Track, Pokhara, Bhairahawa and Bara International Airport among other major projects as scheduled and setting up agro-based industries to create employment.
Oli also remembered the role of Pushpa Lal Shrestha (founder general secretary of CPN), BP Koirala (first elected PM), and people’s leader Madan Bhandari, democracy campaigner Ganesh Man Singh and Man Mohan Adhikari (first communist PM).
Published: 25-04-2018 08:00