KATHMANDU, Aug 27: While the Baburam Bhattarai-led government is completing one-year in office this week, the CPN-UML has made public a long list of government decisions it says were "against the interests of the country and the people".
The opposition party has accused the government of consistently interfering in bureaucratic affairs while the prime minister claimed to be promoting good governance.
The parliamentary department of UML, issuing a statement along with a four-page list of the Bhattarai-led government´s decision and activities, accused the government of taking one after another anti-national decisions.
The party has claimed that the Maoist-Madhesi coalition made a mockery of the prime minister´s austerity measures by forming a 49-member cabinet, the largest ever in the country´s history.
UML has also accused the government of trying to further deepen mistrust between the major political parties by forming an alliance of “pro-federalists” and terming others as anti-federalists.
"The prime minister and his party have invited confrontation by further polarizing the political forces and giving inflammatory statements," said the statement issued by Bharat Mohan Adhikari, who heads the party´s parliamentary department.
UML said the present coalition has also made a mockery of the rule of law by seeking clemency from the president for Maoist-lawmaker Balkrishna Dhungel, who has been convicted of murder. The party has given a list of other government decisions that it says were unconstitutional and guided by partisan interests of the ruling parties.
According to the party, the present government had announced several populist programs but the government did nothing to implement them.
"In practice, everything is just the opposite. The prices of daily necessities have skyrocketed. The government hiked petroleum prices four times within the year," the statement said.
On the development front, the party has accused the government of taking no initiative to generate electricity and to control leakage from the national grid.
The party has also come down heavily on the prime minister for compromising national interests while signing bilateral agreements with other countries, including India.
It has also accused the prime minister of signing the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with the Indian government by keeping other parties in the dark, ignoring diplomatic protocol while participating in bilateral talks with India and secretly awarding an Indian company the contract to upgrade the Tribhuvan International Airport and other 15 domestic airports.
The accusations include embezzlement of state funds and trying to run the government through ordinances.