Govt eyes two-thirds majority, Upendra Yadav in discussion to join govt

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, CPN Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal leader Upendra Yadav held talks at the PM's official residence in Baluwatar today.

The leaders discussed the grounds for FSFN to join the government and the portfolio that would be allotted to the party if they get on board.

The possibility of FSFN joining the government has increased with incoming reports of the left-leaders agreeing to make amends to the constitution.

"The leaders are still in talks, no conclusion have been reached yet, we may not join the government today itself but yes, the possibility to join in the days to come remains." FSFN leader Yadav's close aide said.

The government will enjoy a comfortable two-thirds majority should the FSFN with its 16 lawmakers join the ruling coalition.

Upendra Yadav led FSFN is holding discussions within the party and is in talks with Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal, for joining the ruling alliance.

Earlier today, Dahal went to Baluwatar to submit the names of lawmakers that would represent CPN MC at the Cabinet. Although the two leftist parties have signed an agreement on unification of the parties, the same is yet to take effect in practice.

Prime Minister Oli expanded his three-member Cabinet today by adding four additional members.