Congress raps govt over ‘authoritarian ambitions’

Published On: December 24, 2018 07:27 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The Mahasamiti meeting of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), concluded in the capital on Sunday endorsing a 15-point proposal on contemporary issues.

The proposal endorsed unanimously through the eight-day long Mahasamiti meeting criticized the government for ‘attempting to undermine the role of the main opposition party in the name of the two-thirds majority strength’ and vowed to thwart the ‘authoritarian ambitions’ of the government. NC has alleged that the government had failed to address the issues and agenda raised by the main opposition party. 

NC has drawn the attention of the government over a function allegedly organized to ‘promote one particular religion by a controversial organization with active participation, support and protection of the government.’  While denouncing such activity, the party has warned the government not to repeat such things.

The Mahasamiti meeting proposal has also raised concerns over the ‘inordinate’ delay on the part of the government to bring necessary legislations, form National Natural Resource and Finance Committee and to adjust civil servants in federal, provincial and local governments. It also criticized the government for accepting foreign loans based on personal interests of certain leaders, leaving the prospect of throwing the country into a huge debt trap.

The Mahasamiti meeting of the main opposition party has also alleged that the KP Oli-led government was institutionalizing corruption in the country. While citing a decision of the Prime Minister’s Office to award contract worth over Rs 50 billion without competitive bidding, it concluded that the decision of the current government to award the Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project without bidding process to a Chinese firm was wrong.

The NC Mahasamiti meeting has urged the government to probe the cases of alleged corruption in the procurement of two wide-body aircraft and those behind the sugar and gold scams. The meeting alleged that the current government was trying to politicize bureaucracy, judiciary and all other state institutions.

The meeting demanded the government to make arrangements to ensure voting rights for Nepali nationals living abroad, provide justice and appropriate reparation to the victims of the Maoist conflict and provide monthly allowances of Rs 5000 to those suffering from critical ailments. Among other things, it has also expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation and the failure to book those responsible for serious crimes. 

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