Janata Party demands parliamentary probe into graft allegations against BaskotaCongress joins in and seeks clarification from Oli on corruption scandals.
Two parties in the opposition in the House, the Nepali Congress and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, have demanded the formation of a parliamentary enquiry committee to investigate the alleged corruption charges against Gokul Baskota and clarification from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on corruption.
Baskota resigned on Thursday following the release of an audio recording of him allegedly negotiating a Rs 700 million in “commission” with the local agent for a Swiss company.
Speaking at the meeting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, lawmakers from the two parties said it is a disrespect of Parliament that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been ignoring their demand to provide clarification on allegations against Baskota.
Oli, however, was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.
“We don’t think Oli even cares about what lawmakers are saying. He must clarify before the House about allegations against one of his former ministers,” said Sarita Giri, a lawmaker from the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal. “Also, we demand that a parliamentary probe committee be formed.”
The opposition parties which had obstructed the House proceedings on Thursday, demanding Baskota’s resignation, clarification in the House from Oli and an assurance of a proper investigation and action against Baskota on Tuesday had allowed the House to function.
They said they allowed the House to function expecting that Oli respects House and their genuine demands.
Prior to Giri, Minendra Rijal, a lawmaker from the primary opposition Nepali Congress, listed the number of irregularities the incumbent government is involved in.
He said that not just in the case of security printing press, the incumbent government was also involved in irregularities in the Baluwutar land grab scam.
“The decision to provide the land and properties under Nepal Trust to Yeti Holdings was also guided by mala fide intentions,” said Rijal. “Airbus has said it paid commissions during the purchase of narrow-body aircraft, however, no steps have been taken to investigate the matter.”
Rijal also alleged that the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority is reluctant to investigate corruption in wide-body procurement. “The recent moves of the constitutional anti-graft body shows it is working under the influence of the government,” said Rijal.