KATHMANDU, MAY 5
The CPN-Maoist Centre has withdrawn its support to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-led government, today.
With this move, PM Oli-led government has now lost the majority in the parliament.
CPN-MC had called its standing committee meeting on Tuesday to decide on the withdrawal, following which, Chief Whip Dev Gurung, submitted the party's decision to Gopal Nath Yogi, secretary at the Parliament Secretariat.
Talking to media after submitting the decision, Gurung, said that PM Oli has been executing various unconstitutional moves and action that went against the democratic values and beliefs, including the dissolution of House of Representatives and issuing ordinance regarding the Constitutional Council.
Gurung further said that continuity of the government in PM Oli's leadership has increasingly endangered the nationality and democracy of the country, and will ultimately threaten national sovereignty. "Therefore we have decided to take back our support to the Oli government, effective today."
It is now to be seen whether the prime minister will be able to whip a majority by forging another alliance, if the opposition alliance gathers enough numbers to topple the incumbent government and replace it with a new one, or if the country is headed towards an election if both the previous options fail to materialise.
Fissures run deep in the ruling UML with ample space for floor-crossing by lawmakers from dissenting faction during the vote for confidence motion.
Likewise, RJP-N too stands at the edge of a split as Mahato-Thakur faction is willing to stand in Oli's favour while the Yadav-Bhattarai faction is totally against the same.