From The Nepali Press
The other side
Tarun, 4 March
FROM ISSUE #84 (08 MARCH 2002 - 14 MARCH 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The establishment of the Nepali Congress has been after Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for quite some time. To embarrass him they sometimes go to parliament without their badges and IDs, or cook up false stories about corruption and make the world laugh. One news outlet was recently caught in a similar design. Our source tells us the prime minister himself was unhappy with the working of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works. When he learnt of the games the employees and other powerful politicians were playing in the tendering for the Asian Development Bank-funded Fourth Road Improvement Project, he instructed the ministry's secretary not to yield to any pressure and decide in accordance with the rules. Some department heads were also present in the room when he made that call. One departmental head had actually asked the prime minister, the secretary and other departmental heads to give the contract to a party he "favoured." This did not happen, and so he sought the help of the NC establishment in a character assassination campaign. The prime minister's wife and her brother Bhushan Rana were also said to have influenced the proposed purchase of the Sky Truck by the Royal Nepal Army. But the people who concocted the news didn't realise that if kickbacks were involved, neither Arzoo Deuba nor her brother would be made the agents for this aircraft. The defence secretary himself denied this news. Since the people involved couldn't make charges against Prime Minister Deuba directly, they dragged in the names of Dr Arzoo and Bhushan, to malign the prime minister's character. The people behind this incident need to know that Bhushan Rana isn't the local agent for the aircraft the army wants to buy, it is Avaya Shrestha.