PM Oli should not resign, conclude ruling parties

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the ruling parties concluded on Tuesday evening that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli should not resign even though CPN Maoist Centre, a major ally, pulled out of the coalition government.

Prime Minister Oli had called the meeting of ruling alliance after the Maoists handed over a letter to him, announcing their withdrawal of support from the government. Representatives of all 15 parties remaining in the government had attended the meeting.

The meeting was held at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar.

Deputy Prime Minister CP Mainali told the media the meeting concluded that the Maoist decision to pull out of the government without consulting the ruling parties was unexpected and impractical, according to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti. This would affect the country's stability, he said.

Another Deputy Prime Minister Chitra Bahadur KC informed that the Prime Minister would not resign but move ahead according to the parliamentary practice, the RSS reported.

"This game to change the government is the continuity of efforts to prevent the new constitution as well as the existing coalition government," he said at Baluwatar after the meeting.

Earlier also, Prime Minister Oli's aides had hinted that Oli would not resign but face the Parliament though the coalition government was pushed to a minority after the Maoist withdrawal.