KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Prime Minister KP Oli has claimed that poverty will be completely eliminated from Nepal within the next five years. The prime minister made the claim at the annual general meeting of the Oli clan held at the Prime Minister's Residence at Baluwatar on Saturday morning. The meeting has courted controversy with various quarters including top level bureaucrats saying that it was unethical of the PM Oli to use his official residence for his private event.
Oli claimed that he will not let any Nepali live below the poverty line. “This is the result of the weakness of the preceding heads of government,” he said, “It is not justifiable that the people of a country with this much resource have to live below the poverty line. Not a single citizen of Nepal will be living below the poverty line after five years.”
Oli added that the government will pave the way to a prosperous Nepal through good governance and development. “There are many people who are tense not because the nation is not developing but because the nation is developing,” he said, “But now, the nation is going to take a stride towards development undermining the interests of those people.”
Oli said that he has the intention to wipe out corruption from the country. In the same function for which he was criticized for making "an unethical use" of his official residence, he claimed that his government was not there to misuse power but to work for the country's development. Oli, like his predecessors, has been repeatedly criticized for using the Prime Minister's Residence for party or private purposes.
At the event, Prime Minister Oli along with first lady Radhika Shakya and his father Mohan Prasad Oli were felicitated for their contribution to the clan and the nation.