The CPN-UML Karnali Provincial Assembly parliamentary party has decided to withdraw its support to Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi.

The first meeting of the party held today after the revival of the CPN-UML) and CPN-Maoist Centre with the Supreme Court's decision to invalidate the unification between the two parties took a decision in this regard.

It may be noted that the then UML had on 15 February 2018 backed Maoist leader Shahi as the chief minister and this was the case before formation of Nepal Communist Party through unification between the two parties on 17 May 2018.

The meeting held under the chair of party leader Yamlal Kandel agreed to take back the support tomorrow.

At a press meet organised after the meeting, parliamentary party leader Kandel said a decision had been taken to seek written clarification from nine members of the party, who were absent in today's meeting.

There are 20 members, including Speaker of CPN-UML in Karnali Province Assembly.

The meeting also directed its three ministers to return from the government.

They are Minister of Economic Affairs and Planning Prakash Jwala, Minister of Social Development Dal Rawal, and Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Nanda Singh Budha, in the Province government from the CPN-UML.

The meeting also decided to urge Province Assembly Secretariat to arrange an office for the UMP parliamentary party.

Chief Whip Gulab Jung Shah said they have formally informed Speaker Raj Bahadur Shahi and Province Chief, Govinda Prasad Kalauni about the decision of the parliamentary party.

There are 13 member of CPN-MC, six of Nepali Congress and one of Rastriya Prajatantra Party in Karnali Province Assembly.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 18, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.