Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has been removed as a lawmaker from the National Assembly after the party that he represented at the Upper House, CPN- Maoist Centre, submitted a letter to the NA on April 9 informing it of Thapa's expulsion from the party.

Acting on the Maoist Centre's application, National Assembly chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina decided to remove Thapa from the Assembly on Sunday.

Thapa, following the series of political events consequential to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's move to dissolve the House of Representatives in December 2020, had joined the CPN-UML defecting his former party.

It is likely that the now former lawmaker Thapa would be reappointed Home Minister by PM Oli today itself, a Baluwatar source said.

Earlier, four other Ministers who formerly represented the Maoist Centre but had opted to join UML were expelled from the party while losing their positions as lawmakers as well as ministers. PM Oli had quickly reinducted the four -- Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Prabhu Sah, Lekh Raj Bhatta and Gaurishankar Chaudhary -- to his cabinet.