Gachhadar's MJF-D forsakes Oliship on no-trust vote's eve
KESHAV P. KOIRALA
KATHMANDU: Senior-most Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar's party Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic has given a hard blow to beleaguered Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli with a decision to forsake the coalition government and vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister.
The deliberations on the no-confidence motion is scheduled to conclude in the Parliament tomorrow. The motion would be put to vote after the Prime Minister's response.
With 15 lawmakers, the MJF-D is the fifth largest party in the 597-member Parliament. The party had three leaders -- DPM Gachhadar, Minister Ram Janam Chaudhary, State Minister Mohammad Mustak Alam -- in the Cabinet.
Earlier today, another coalition ally Rastriya Prajatantra Party had withdrawn support to the Oli-led government and decided to vote against Prime Minister Oli.
In a statement issued this evening, MJF-D's General Secretary Bharatendu Mallick said it was not appropriate for the party to remain in the government after one of the coalition partners -- CPN Maoist Centre -- withdrew support to it and moved a no-trust motion, and that three budget related bills were defeated in the Parliament yesterday.
The MJF-D further said it accepted the norms of the Parliamentary system, taking into consideration the fact that the Oli-led coalition government had been reduced to minority.
Gachhadar, the MJF-D's chairman, informed the Prime Minister about the party's decision to withdraw support to the government, recall the ministers and vote in favour of the no-confidence motion.
CPN Maoist Centre, a major partner in the Oli-led coalition, had first pulled out of the government and joined forces with the main opposition Nepali Congress to challenge the Prime Minister with no-trust vote.