High placed sources at the Prime Ministerial secretariat claim that Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad is making direct telephone calls to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to appoint, Yadhubansh Jha as the chief secretary of the government of Nepal.
Some newwspapers mention the name of this India preferred Nepali Secretary as Uma kant Jha.
Jha is presently serving as the secretary at the ministry of industry, reports Sourya Daily, July 28, 2012.
Prasad has also been pressurizing PM Bhattarai through his staffers at the embassy, also reports the daily.
Jayant has also met with Chairman Pushpa Kamal of Unified Maoists in this regard.
The daily also reports that Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gacchedhar who is also in favor of elevating Jha as the chief secretary recently had a verbal duel with PM Baburam in the issue.
Baburam is in favor of Lila Mani Poudel who is presently serving at the prime minister’s office.
Nepal needs a Chief Secretary whether it is Jha or Mr. Poudel or even Koirala, analysts opine. For the analysts, all were same and equal. All that is needed is competency and honesty.
However, extra-territorial pressure must come to an end.