KATHMANDU, June 24: Executive Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal lambasted the government for its lackluster performance during the party's Standing Committee meeting which began earlier on Wednesday.
In his speech at the meeting, Dahal said that the government has failed to live up to the people's expectations in this difficult situation. He also accused another Chairperson KP Sharma Oli of violating the "understanding" reached at the party's top level in terms of power sharing on rotational basis.
"Although, we agreed to lead the government on rotational basis during the time of party unification, I myself backtracked from the understanding reached with Oliji. After seeing the works of the government, I am now realizing that I did a mistake by doing so," Dahal said while regretting over the government's performance.
Dahal said that the party may face debacle in the next elections if the current government fails to work toward achieving the goal of socialism. "The government and party both are facing crisis now," he observed.
Meanwhile, chairperson Oli, who is also the prime minister, defended the government and said that his administration is doing its best to serve the national interests. He also said that the ruling party leaders themselves are acting like the opposition party leaders.
"The government has been doing its best to contain the COVID-19 pandemic while expediting development works across the country. One has to be objective while criticizing the government," Oli said.
PM Oli also said that the government is working to safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"We recently issued a new political and administrative map of the country. This was a historic task," Oli said. Oli said that the party avoided a big political crisis last month. "By going against the spirit of the party unity, some leaders worked against the party. The party was almost on the verge of split. However, we managed to avoid the crisis," he added. Prime Minister Oli also urged the leaders to help the government in its smooth functioning.
Today's Standing Committee meeting held at the PM's Official Residence in Baluwatar ended after setting various agendas for the upcoming SC meeting to be held on Friday, according to the party spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha.
According to him, the two chairmen reviewed the norms and values of the Communist ideology as well as the positive and negative situation based on people's mandate. They stressed on moving ahead the party based on this assessment.
NCP Central Publicity and Publication Department deputy chief Surya Thapa shared that the meeting has endorsed the agenda as prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19, Nepal's border problem and its solution, thorough review of the government's works, assessment of the party works and remaining works of organizational unification, the American Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact and miscellaneous topics. The miscellaneous topics include the incident that took place in Rukum (Paschim) on May 23, the bill related to citizenship and allowances of federal parliamentarians.