Nepal Game of Thrones: Dahal hints withdrawal of support to Oli, appeals parties to form govt in Maoist leadership

KATHMANDU: A day after the budget session of Parliament started, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday hinted that the days of the CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli-led government, of which his party is a major ally, are numbered.

Criticising the CPN-UML leadership for failing to address the major issues in the country, Dahal issued a statement today and appealed to all political parties to form a new government in his party's leadership.

He clearly stated that he sports support from the major opposition Nepali Congress for the change of guards of the government.

Saying his party had taken part in the government taking into consideration the essence of national consensus, Dahal accused the CPN-UML of failing to resolve the major political issues including implementation of new constitution through dialogue and carry out reconstruction of Nepal (in the wake of devastating earthquakes) despite his party drawing its attention repeatedly.

"In this situation, as major opposition Nepali Congress has also proposed and agreed to form the government in our (UCPN-Maoist) leadership, we appeal to all parties including CPN-UML, RPP-Nepal and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic (that are in the incumbent government) to form new government in our party's leadership and be part of process of bearing common responsibilities," Dahal said in the statement.

The budget session of the Parliament started yesterday.

Meanwhile, the CPN-UML held an emergency meeting of its Standing Committee at the Prime Minister's official residence to discuss the meaning of Dahal's statement and potential withdrawal of support to the government.