The current five-party coalition government came to the helm following a landmark Supreme Court verdict some six months ago. The formation of this government became necessary after the KP Oli-led government attempted to continue in power by trampling over the constitution, federalism and democratic values. The Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government has indeed helped protect the country from sliding into political chaos and uncertainties. It is understood that the current government has set the constitution and federalism on the right path, and it has been working to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and set the country on the track of economic recovery and prosperity. For the Deuba-led coalition government, the current year is election time. It has the responsibility of holding three-tier elections.
In his maiden address to the nation delivered to mark the government's completion of six months in office the other day, Prime Minister Deuba stated that his government was honestly pursuing ways to hold three-tier elections within a year and end the ongoing obstructions in parliament. He requested all concerned to be ready to participate and to extend their support to the government for successfully holding the elections. The government is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting democracy, press freedom and human rights. The formation of his government has ensured protection of the constitution and strengthening of the rule of the country. The achievements gained by this government in a short period have indeed ensured political stability and created bases for development, good governance and economic prosperity.
The government has other major responsibilities to carry out. Its first and foremost duty is to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In this regard, the government has run a massive inoculation drive across the nation by importing plenty of vaccines. PM Deuba, while assuming office six months ago, had said that curbing the pandemic would be his priority. Impressive achievements have been made towards this goal. Currently, 59.6 per cent of the eligible population above 18 has been fully vaccinated and more than 1.8 million children aged between 12 and 17 years have received their first dose of the vaccine, while children aged five to 11 will receive the shots soon. Likewise, it has recently adopted and enforced all health safety protocols to control the disease. On the economic front, it has given a boost to the public and private sectors and emphasised a product-oriented economy. Increasing exports, streamlining distribution systems, controlling inflation and having zero tolerance over corruption are other praiseworthy moves of this government.
Undoubtedly, the government has made impressive gains in ensuring political stability, protecting the constitution and promoting good governance while it has conducted praiseworthy campaigns against the coronavirus. However, the government has the major responsibility for holding the three-tier elections this year. Because of this responsibility, the government is often termed as an 'election government'. To safeguard the constitution and political stability, the government has to go for elections by taking all stakeholders into confidence. For organising the elections in a free and fair manner, it must hold consultations with all political parties and constitutional experts to find significant consensus on fixing suitable dates for elections. If it can realise this goal, its prestige and image will be enhanced further in the eyes of citizens.