Promises made; little delivered

In its second year in the government, one can only hope that it’s time to shine the light on promises that have been made, and mending those that have been broken.

Ishwar Dev Khanal

February 18, 2019

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Promises made; little delivered
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For politicians, promises are customary. They make promises but pursue contradictory actions, leaving the public in total bewilderment.

Prime Minister K P Oli’s first year has been a kick-starter. While elucidating his performance in the last one year, PM Oli vigorously defended his government’s performance, dismissing criticisms coming from the main opposition, Nepali Congress. He and his ministers insist the government has a record to be proud of as PM made public of its performance over the first year in government last Friday.

By saying that the government is not going to pull back from his commitments, PM Oli drawing mixed reviews, seems adamant that his government will complete those jobs in the next four years.

The Prime Minister, popular for airing witty annotations, delivered a narrative to convince the people that the government has not forgotten its commitments. He very meticulously imparted the message that ‘unnecessarily wrong information’ was being spread against his government.

By saying that the government is not going to pull back from his commitments, PM Oli drawing mixed reviews, seems adamant that his government will complete those jobs in the next four years.

The main opposition, however, has repeatedly questioned PM Oli’s ability to lead the government with a two-third majority. On Sunday, NC Spokesperson, Bishwo Prakash Sharma lashed out at the government for failing to deliver as promised.

By saying so, Sharma, considered to be a candid orator, was either trying to pretend of being a responsible opposition as claimed or was genuinely raising the issue in people’s favor. The first one might vindicate his claims if the party’s track record is to be analyzed. No bias or prejudices, though!

The question is: will NC’s disparagement count? Does it make any difference on the people since people too have been observing keenly the opposition’s role in cases such as the infamous wide-body corruption issue, the rape-and-murder case of Nirmala Pant, in which the party has failed to demonstrate the role of strong opposition?

The question is to prove the intent since the ruling party leaders allege NC’s “intoxication of power” has been creating a problem.

The party, which has been criticized for being a weak opposition, seems to convey the message that NC is not pretending to protect anyone. The reality seems to be something different since after 12 months in the government, PM Oli has failed to produce any tangible outcomes in favor of the people.

PM Oli’s reiteration that he is working towards taking the country’s economy to a new height has been taken as another “soft witticism” by the opposition and a sizeable chunk of neutral voters. NC has been critical about the trade deficit that Nepal is facing. Moreover, the opposition has come down heavily on the government for failing to address the people’s well-being, the high cost of living, and the increasing cost of goods.

The question is to prove the intent since the ruling party leaders allege NC’s “intoxication of power” has been creating a problem.

In its second year in the government, one can only hope that it’s time to shine the light on promises that have been made, and mending those that have been broken.

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