Basnet, Pun to be dropped from Cabinet

Kathmandu, June 5

Chairman of CPN-Maoist Centre Pushpa Kamal Dahal met Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in Baluwatar this morning and the PM urged Dahal to recall two ministers representing his party, claiming that their performance was below par.

One of the nine members of the CPN-MC team present during the meeting said the PM was referring to Home Minister Shakti Basnet, who had ignored his direction regarding the transfer of chief district officers and under secretaries, and Minister for Supplies Ganesh Man Pun.

The leader claimed that the PM told Dahal that his government would continue till the parties created environment for the formation of national consensus government.

The CPN-MC leaders are for continuing with the existing coalition till the budget is endorsed by the Parliament and then for pressuring Oli to pave the way for the formation of national consensus government.

According to leader Mani Thapa, CPN-MC will continue to pressure the PM to ensure that the nine-point agreement is implemented as per its spirit.

However, the PM’s Political Adviser Bishnu Rimal said that was a regular meeting between the two leaders. He said there was no conflict between them and everything was going smoothly.

It may be recalled that the Maoist ministers had abstained from the Cabinet meeting held on Thursday.