PM Oli calls meeting of ruling alliance after Maoist withdrawal

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called the meeting of the ruling alliance after the major ally CPN Maoist Centre withdrew its support from the coalition government.

The meeting has been scheduled for 5 this evening.

After the Maoists, the third largest party in the Parliament, pulled out, the coalition government has been pushed to minority. The Maoist party has appealed to him to resign, saying Oli on that ground.

Prime Minister Oli, however, is said to be in a mood face the Parliament and not resign immediately.

The CPN-UML has called an emergency meeting of its Standing Committee this evening to discuss the latest development after the meeting of the ruling alliance.

With the Maoist party still on board, the ruling alliance had held its last meeting on Sunday, July 10.

The Prime Minister's party CPN-UML is the second largest in the Parliament, while the main opposition Nepali Congress the maximum number of seats.

Earlier in October last year, the two big communist parties had garnered support from the fourth largest party Rastriya Prajantra Party-Nepal and other fringe parties to form the government in October last year.

Oli had assumed his office on October 12, 2015, succeeding to Sushil Koirala.

Oli had defeated then Nepali Congress President and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in the elections.