Dr. Govinda K C, an orthopedic surgeon in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital , will be starting his indefinite fast for the 8th time in past four years on Monday.
His usual demands: stop political meddling in Medical Education sector , ensure uniform and transparent fee structure in Medical colleges, and let each developmental region have at least one medical college instead of the capital having many. Dr K C , in the past, has succeeded forcing the government to constitute experts committee to find out ways and means to have the understanding executed.
But around this time, he has included one more demand: impeachment of
, chief of the anti-corruption constitutional body. He has accused Karki of misusing his office and shielding certain Medical colleges indulging in corrupt practices. However, this additional demand has brought Dr K C under controversy with Medical community divided over it as they say it is a ‘political issue’ that K C should not have raised. Impeachment requires two third members of parliament endorsing the move.
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How will the tussle end? Dr K C is known for his rigid stance. But with no political party or a parliamentarian coming in his favour of impeachment of Karki , he faces the risk of losing face, or health , depending whether he will give up or stick to the fast, this time around.
Worse, a parallel group of Doctors has asked for space in the TUTH to sit on ‘indefinite fast’ to press for demands that contradict Dr K C’s. He wants no permits granted to set up new medical colleges in the capital, but the parallel group wants early permit from the government to let the Man Mohan Adhikary Medical college function.
The government , torn between these two conflict demands and facing a tense situation , has not spelled its mind yet as to how will it deal with the situation. But its indifference or preventive action both may have a political fall out. As government can not promise that it will impeach Karki, chances of the Prime Minister and ministers being branded ‘collaborator’ of ‘corrupt’ by Karki are very high. But whether that will have a political impact or not will depend on whether Dr K C will be able to stir a movement against corruption.