UML Standing Committee decides to face no-trust vote

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's party CPN-UML on Tuesday observed that the Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre brought in the no-confidence motion as a part of conspiracy to fail the new Constitution and prevent the elections.

The party's Standing Committee meeting discussed latest political developments and its strategy after the Maoists severed ties with the ruling coalition and shook hands with the Nepali Congress in their bid to pull down the UML-led government through no-confidence motion.

The meeting decided to face the no-confidence motion at the Parliament constitutionally, CPN-UML Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai informed.

According to him, the meeting concluded that the Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre registered no-confidence motion against Prime Minsiter KP Sharma Oli in a hurry.

All the political parties, however, should come to consensus to implement the Constitution, carry out post-earthquake reconstruction works, hold elections, implement government policy and programme and give continuation of the budget, he said.

Top leaders of the Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre -- Sher Bahadur Deuba and Pushpa Kamal Dahal -- had asked the Prime Minister to resign yesterday.

In response, the Prime Minister had said it was irrational to seek his resignation at the time the parties had challenged him with no-confidence at the Parliament.

The Parliament is scheduled to begin discussion on the no-confidence on Thursday.

Referring to the provisions in Constitution, some Standing Committee members observed that a new government cannot be formed easily at present.

Bhattarai further informed that the party is of the opinion that all the budget related bills should be included in the regular business while discussing the no-confidence motion also.

"We urge the Speaker not to bring political polarisation at the Parliament," Bhattarai said.