KATHMANDU, July 23: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli slammed Nepali Congress for lacking agenda and questioned the role of Nepali Congress in the country’s development after 1950 AD.
“Twice, Nepali Congress was in power and enjoyed majority. It later led many governments. But what has it done so far?” Oli said adding that the Democratic Party had forced shut down various industries that led to migration of youths.
Oli accused the opposition of not cashing its’ time to invest in development while in power. “Now, when we are guided towards development and prosperity, it is hindering the path.”
Oli and his government have been drawn into controversy and apathy, especially against Dr. Govinda KC’s demands for the past 24 days. Venting his ire, Oli sounded high but angry as he repeatedly questioned Nepali Congress’s ‘anarchist’ style and its accusations of the leftist government being autocratic.
“We’d like to reaffirm our commitment to democracy because we’ve fought long for it. We’ve endured our losses. Now, when we want to go forward, look where we stand?” Oli said.
The PM argued that the only way to do so was by generating skilled manpower in the country, opening up educational institutions, increase exports and develop self-sufficiency. He defended the government’s decisions of prohibitory zones and said that his government was committed to ensure that the country was ruled by law and not by protests and hunger strikes.
While top leaders of the erstwhile CPN-UML including Oli are adamant to hold talks with Dr. KC until he breaks his hunger strike, the top leaders of the erstwhile CPN MC have shown flexibility towards Dr. KC’s demands.