CHARIKOT, Nov 25: Local administration took control of a vehicle of CPN-Maoist (center) Shyam Kumar Shrestha who was en route to Manthali of Ramechhap. Shrestha is the country’s no-portfolio state minister and candidate for the House of Representatives election.
Upon knowing that Shrestha was using the vehicle (with minister’s number plate) to meet party cadres and promote election campaigns, local administration had taken control of Shrestha’s vehicle early morning today.
Former state minister at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shrestha had been using the vehicle Ba 1 Jha 6407 for a month in his election campaign. According to a source at the Ministry of Home Affairs, the vehicle is registered with the Nepal Police.
“As the former state minister was found using a government vehicle to promote elections, we have taken it under control,” Dilip Lamicchane, chief district officer, Ramecchap said, adding that the vehicle would now be under their protection.
Shrestha was also using five security personnel, two sub inspectors, two personal security officers (PSO) and a constable of Nepal Army, provided by the Ministry during his role as a minister in the election campaign. In addition to the Ministry’s security officers, local administration has also provided separate PSOs to Shrestha and other candidates.