Nepali Congress launches attack on government

- SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu

Nov 23, 2018-

The opposition Nepali Congress has come down heavily on the government, voicing dissatisfaction at the activities of the KP Sharma Oli-led administration as it completes nine months in office.

The party has remarked that the government has failed on several fronts including democratic culture, nationalism, federalism, governance, taming inflation, maintaining law and order, making the constitution more widely acceptable by amending the charter, and taking the country on the path of prosperity. At an event organised in Kathmandu on Thursday to inform the public about the preparations being made for the NC Mahasamiti scheduled for December, party Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said the government had failed to make its presence felt with effective policies and actions.

On the protest of the parents of Nirmala Pant, a minor who was raped and murdered in Kanchanpur in July, the party questioned Oli if they would ever get justice.

The NC objected to the government decision of making Cabinet decisions public only after seven days. “We urge the government to arrange for making the decisions public within 24 hours,” the party said in a statement.

The Congress also charged the government with trying to foil the federal system adopted three years ago arguing that it went against the communist theory. It also criticised the Oli administration for bringing departments overseeing big projects

under the Prime Minister’s Office. This goes against the spirit of federalism, the statement reads.

The government has also been criticised for awarding the Budhi Gandaki hydropower project to a Chinese developer without competitive bidding, delays in building the International Airport in Nijgadh and meagre progress in developing cross-border railways connecting Kathmandu with India and China.

Questions have also been raised over the terms of wide body aircraft procurement made by the Nepal Airlines. “There are a number of questions that need to be answered. Were the aircraft purchased in line with the Public Procurement Act?” Sharma wondered, demanding in-depth investigation into suspected embezzlement of funds in the process.

The party has called a meeting of its Central Working Committee on Sunday to discuss preparations for the Mahasamiti gathering. The party has decided to host the meeting at its headquarters in Sanepa, Lalitpur.

Published: 23-11-2018 07:30

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