KATHMANDU, June 23: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has raised strong objection to the preparation of the government to procure a surveillance vehicle equipped with LTE Rapid Communication System worth Rs 50 million for Prime Minister KP Oli.
Addressing the meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) on Tuesday, NC lawmaker Minendra Rijal asked if the government was procuring the vehicle for not getting any other areas to spend the budget. He also demanded a response from Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on the matter.
Rijal was referring to news published in Republica’s sister publication, Nagarik Daily, on Tuesday. “There is news that the process to procure the surveillance vehicle has been expedited since June 17. Honorable Home Minister, is this true?” he asked. “Is the vehicle being purchased because the government could not spend the budget in other areas?”
Rijal also raised questions about the orientation given by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders through virtual meetings. He also said that the involvement of Chinese side in the NCP’s internal orientation and settling intra-party disputes and power equations was not acceptable.
He also asked the government to pay special attention to the neighborhood and foreign policy. His remarks come in the wake of souring relations with the southern neighbor India.