Maoist leader warns of toppling government in mid-January

KATHMANDU: A senior leader of the ruling coalition member UCPN-Maoist said the current government led by KP Sharma Oli would topple once it completed the first 100 days.

UCPN-M Standing Committee member Gopal Kiranti said, "This government will fall after completing the 100 days. Else, it should be toppled down by others."

Kiranti was speaking at an interaction with journalists at the Reporters' Club on Friday.

Oli was elected the Prime Minister on October 11. January 19 of 2016 will be the 100th day at his office.

The Maoist leader revealed that he had proposed the party's Standing Committee to withdraw support expended to the government as it was just a burden to the nation. But, the party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal asked him to wait till the 100th day, he claimed.

Kiranti went on to claim that the incumbent government tarnished the image of the nation by expanding the Cabinet while the nation was in a grave crisis.

He also extended his support to demands of the ongoing Madhes agitation and warned that the Madhes would split from the nation if they were not met.

Speaking at the same function, UML leader Banshidhar Mishra defended the government claiming the expansion was not unconstitutional, but in line with Article 298(5) of the Constitution.

The Cabinet size is not that much big as it is still below the 10 per cent strength of the legislative body, which he claimed was a norm for the size of Council of Ministers.

"Cabinet expansion is a prerogative of the Prime Minister," he added.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress lawmaker Nabindra Raj Joshi charged that the Oli government did not have right intentions to solve the current problems.