Seniority row betn Nidhi, Thapa postpones Cabinet meet again

KATHMANDU: The seniority row between two deputy prime ministers Bimalendra Nidhi and Kamal Thapa has postponed the Cabinet meeting again.

The Cabinet meeting has not taken place since March 16.

After induction of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Thapa in the coalition Cabinet on March 9, Nidhi of Nepali Congress and Thapa have been at odds on who is the second man in the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led Cabinet.

Keeping in view the tradition of holding meeting of Council of Ministers on Thursdays and Mondays, the Cabinet should have met at least six times since March 16.

The protocol dispute between the two DPMs came to the fore when the PM went off to China for a week-long visit from March 23-29. The PM flew to China without getting his visit endorsed by the Cabinet or naming the acting prime minister.

The row resurfaced publicly at the TIA when the DPM trio -- Thapa, Nidhi and Krishna Bahadur Mahara -- went to receive the PM at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The PM had chosen not to designate any of his deputies as acting PM after both Nidhi and Thapa threatened to quit the government if not given the responsibility of acting premiership, claimed a source close to PM Dahal.