Nepal | June 07, 2020

Cabinet reshuffle not likely anytime soon

Jagdishor Panday
Share Now:

Kathmandu, July 13

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is least likely to reshuffle his Cabinet anytime soon as the top leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) are busy working on concluding the unification process of the two communist parties — the then CPN- UML and CPN-Maoist Centre, according to senior leaders.

The then CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre were merged to form the NCP in May 2018, but the work division and appointments of chiefs of the different departments as well as the powerful 147 politburo in the NCP have not been finalised yet.

Central Committee member of NCP Devendra Paudel said Cabinet reshuffle would not take place until the remaining tasks of the unification process were completed.

“The party’s senior leaders, including co-chairs of the party Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have prioritised concluding the unification process over Cabinet reshuffle,” Paudel , who is close to Dahal, told THT.

Amid criticism of the government’s dismal performance, NCP’s Co-chair Dahal had publicly said the Oliled Cabinet would be reshuffled soon.

“Oli has deferred his plan to reshuffle the Cabinet for sometime following discussions with senior leaders, including Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal,” a standing committee member close to Oli told THT.

According to him, the two co-chairs and General Secretary Bishnu Paudel have been working on finalising the merger process internally.

The party has already prepared a framework to appoint in-charges and co-incharges in all 77 districts.

“The party will delegate the responsibilities of in-charges and co-in-charges to the chairpersons and secretaries of the then CPN-UML and the then CPN-Maoist Centre,” he added.

In-charges and co-incharges of the party will be office bearers of the old parties.

The then CPN-UML will hold the post of in-charges in 45 districts and the then Maoist Centre will get the post of co-in-charges in 32 districts.

In districts where CPN- UML gets the post of in-charges, Maoist Centre will get the post of co-incharges, and vice-versa.

“Announcement of district in-charges and co-in-charges will take place once senior leader of the party Madhav Nepal arrives from Sir Lanka.

Nepal is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and he will hold a meeting with two co-chairs of the party,” said Bishnu Rijal, a central committee member and a leader close to Nepal, adding that ‘one person, one post’ policy wouldn’t be implemented this time.

Earlier this week, the conflict between the leaders from the erstwhile Maoist Centre and CPN-UML regarding the new party’s ideology was settled after the two co-chairs agreed to publish a political document prepared by the Nepal-led committee.

The temporary political ideology of NCP will now be ‘people’s democracy’ until the first general convention of the party.

A version of this article appears in print on July 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Two more COVID-19 related deaths recorded; death-toll reaches 13

KATHMANDU: Nepal has recorded two more coronavirus related deaths, on Saturday, which has taken the nationwide COVID-19 death toll to 13. The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed the fatalities in its regular media briefing this afternoon. Among the deceased are a 58-year-old man from D Read More...

Health Ministry reports 323 new coronavirus cases taking total count to 3,235

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Saturday, taking Nepal’s tally to 3,235. Of the newly infected, 286 are males and 37 are females. In total, 3,003 males and 232 females have been recorded to have contracted the disease, Read More...

14 health facilities in Bajura receive medical supplies

BAJURA: As many as fourteen health facilities in Bajura district have been handed over medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Ipas Nepal, a non-government organisation, in collaboration with PeaceWin Bajura has handed over 21 types of medical supplies in a bid to provide financial and te Read More...

Five new COVID-19 cases detected in Kathmandu valley

KATHMANDU: Five new cases of the coronavirus infection have been detected in Kathmandu valley, confirmed the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), on Saturday. The cases were confirmed through RT-PCR tests conducted at the Teku-based National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL). Among those in Read More...

VIDEO: Nepal’s coronavirus case tally jumps to 3,235; death-toll reaches 13

KATHMANDU: The Health Ministry, on Saturday, confirmed that 323 new cases of coronavirus infection have been added to the official records, taking Nepal’s tally to 3,235. Meanwhile, two more coronavirus related deaths were recorded which has taken the national COVID-19 death toll to 13. READ HE Read More...

Nepal’s PUBG mobile warriors battle for glory; lockdown, coronavirus cannot stop them

Kathmandu, June 6 Nepali squad Elementrix along with four other teams are in India for the ongoing PUBG Mobile Pro League, a professional tournament for the South Asia region that began on March 19. Around 20 teams from countries like Nepal, India and Bangladesh are battling it out for the fir Read More...

'Am I going to get shot?' kids ask, as brands try to explain racism and violence to children

NEW YORK: For 8 minutes and 46 seconds - the length of time it took George Floyd, an unarmed black man, to die at the hands of Minneapolis police - cable TV kids channel Nickelodeon's screen went black on Tuesday to sounds of inhaling and exhaling, as white text flashed "I can't breathe." Pokemon Read More...