Hisila Yami: Yes, I am the first lady of the country now and there is an added responsibility on me. Besides, I am also a CA member and deputy in- charge of the party's Newa State Committee.
So, is it true you switched to an expensive vehicle after becoming first lady?
I just traveled in the vehicle that was given to me. The car model doesn't really interest me. In fact, I prefer riding a bicycle but because of security reasons I travel in a car.
Was it necessary for you to be the one to brief the media about the Prime Minister's visit abroad?The Prime Minister's press and foreign affairs adviser had not been appointed. As a former minister, I have some good contacts in the diplomatic circles and that was the sole reason for my presence there. I don't know why there was such a controversy surrounding it.
Why is it that you have always been associated with financial dealings during and after your tenure as minister?
All the financial dealings that I do are always as directed by the party. So it is the party that needs to be shedding light on this question.
You have allegedly interfered in appointments at the Nepal Tourism Board?
It's not in the appointments but in the development of tourism sector as an industry that I am active in. Since I had been the Tourism Minister, I have taken a personal interest in this sector and I even advise the prime minster on tourism issues.
But why are you criticised for nepotism?
In my first tenure, the party appointed my sisters. This stirred a debate and I haven't appointed anybody since. But those who have been appointed are experts in their respective fields, and it is natural for the party to prefer one of their own.