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Prosperity drive on despite its detractors: PM
By Chandra Prakash Sharma
Pokhara, June 2: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Saturday that the campaign of prosperous Nepal would not stop regardless of criticism of the good works of the government.
Inaugurating Rabindra Adhikari Memorial Foundation, here, Prime Minister Oli reiterated that the campaign of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ was the key responsibility of the government.
The foundation has been founded in the memory of late Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Adhikari who was killed in a chopper crash on February 27.
Oli further said that the pace of the government would be intensified to make the campaign a success.
Referring to late Adhikari, who was also the central leader of the PM’s ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), the Prime Minister said that he was among the ministers of the current Cabinet had selflessly performed his duties in a transparent manner.
“Although we lost Adhikari, my government is committed to fulfil the responsibility shouldered by him,” he said.
Stating that some concretes works were accomplished in the areas of tourism and culture in the country, Oli added that late Adhikari had worked hard for upgrading some major airports, including Pokhara International Airport as well as Bhairahawa and Simara Airports.
The present government was not involved in the irregularities of the wide body purchase case, said Oli, adding that a big power was engaged in failing the government by charging the current government with all irregularities of the past government.
“When I said for the first time that
Adhikari was not involved in the wide body purchase scam, many criticised me of being a judge over the issue. I had spoken truth and I will repeatedly speak the truth,” he stated.
PM Oli, who spent most of his speech in the admiration of Adhikari, said that he learnt a lot from the works that late Adhikari executed during the short span of his tenure as a minister.
Stating that a lot of foundations were being established in the country, Oli said that the foundation laid down in the name of Adhikari must be run without controversy.
“The thought of late leader Madan Bhandari has a great contribution to the campaign of Prosperous Nepal. It is the people’s multiparty democracy founded by Bhandari that has driven the country to this situation,” he said.
Stating that Pushpa Lal and Madan Bhandari’s role as a founder and ideologue respectively in the Communist Movement of Nepal was incomparable, the Prime Minister maintained that the government would complete the works initiated by late Adhikari who was politically, organisationally and ideologically mature.
On the occasion, Gandaki State Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung said that the demise of Adhikari was a huge loss as he was a shining star of the State.
Gurung also said that the State Government would cooperate with the federal government’s campaign of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’.
Similarly, Adhikari’s widow and convenor of the Foundation, Bidya Bhattarai, said that the Foundation was established to support Adhikari’s campaign of society building through study and research.