PM stays tight-lipped on NAC's aircraft deal amid backlash from opposition

KATHMANDU: Although Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was expected to apprise the Parliament on issues of anomalies on purchase deal of wide-body aircraft today, the head of the government kept mum on the issues even after facing opposition backlash against his administration.

Moreover, the Prime Minister also failed to apprise the House of Representatives on controversial step to administer lawmakers' oath to alleged Tikapur carnage conspirator and elected MP Resham Chaudhary of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

During his one hour address, PM Oli briefed on government's work in the first five months of the current fiscal and present scenario of economic indicators amid criticism and questions galore from the opposition lawmakers.

Lawmakers of Nepali Congress were impelled to obstruct the proceedings after they were denied to pose questions to the PM by Speaker Mahara.

Despite denial from Speaker Mahara, lawmakers of Nepali Congress raised questions on wide body procurement and Chaudhary’s oath as lawmaker. In reply, the PM taunted the opposition and said he was not there to be wedged in fuzzy logic and vague queries.

When asked about the controversial oath of Resham Chaudhary, the Prime Minister said that he was not there to be wedged in such questions but inform on country's economic situation and government's work and achievements.

Moreover, the Prime Minister also sought solidarity from opposition in economic development.

As per the stats briefed by PM Oli, revenue collection has gone up by 32 percent while capital expenditure grew by 25.3 percent with inflation standing at 3.7 per cent in the first five months of the current fiscal.

Likewise, the government has received foreign assistance of Rs 162 billion, and trade loss was down by 1.5 percent.