The CPN-Maoist Centre has sought clarification within 24 hours from eight local level representatives, including two mayors, for defecting to the CPN-UML in Rautahat.

After the apex court annulled the merger of the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre, these eight representatives who won the polls on the Maoist Centre's tickets had defected to the CPN-UML led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Maoist Centre Rautahat District Secretary Devendra Patel has sought clarification from Maulapur Mayor Rina Kumari Sah, Katahariya Mayor Siyaram Kuswaha, Maulapur Deputy Mayor Gaurishankar Jayasawal, Dewahi Gonahi Municipality Mayor Parniya Devi Patel, Fatuwa Bijayapur Municipality Deputy Mayor Kanti Devi Mahato, Madhav Narayan Deputy Mayor Simal Kumari Sah and Yamunamai Rural Municipality Chair Gita Devi Sah.

CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre had formed the Nepal Communist Party and participated in the polls in the last general elections.

With the apex court's decision, the two parties had come into existence in their earlier forms.

The law states that a people's representative loses his/her post if he/she gives up the mother party and defects to another party and the mother party asks for his/her removal.

Earlier, the Maoist Centre had scrapped federal lawmaker Prabhu Sah and Province 2 lawmaker Kundan Kuswaha of Rautahat constituency from their posts for defecting to the CPN-UML.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 21, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.