Opposition to the move by Thakur, Mahato might split the party
Kathmandu, April 30
The faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal led by Upendra Yadav and Baburam Bhattarai that commands majority in the party's powerful executive committee has decided to back the no-trust motion against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
Executive committee member Dambar Khatiwada said Mahantha Thakur and Rajendra Mahato had been delaying the debate in the party on pressing political issues, forcing his faction to take a decision on the basis of majority.
"We fought against Oli's regressive move of dissolving the House of Representatives. Other parties decided their next course of action, but we failed to do so due to Thakur and Mahato's indecision," he said. He added that if Thakur and Mahato commanded majority in the party, they should show it, otherwise they should accept the majority's decisions. "We have decided to go with the majority decision.
If the rival faction wants to split the party, they can do so," he added. Khatiwada said if federal lawmakers from the rival faction went against the party's decision, then they might lose their parliamentary seats.
Mahato said the executive committee meeting called by Yadav-Bhattarai faction was not valid because invitations were not sent to all members.
He said the 'opaque and fraudulent' meeting of the executive committee had imperilled the party unity. "We had unified two parties (Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and Samajbadi Party-Nepal) last year with the aim of creating an alternative political force to champion the cause of identity, equality, and empowerment of marginalised communities.
The rival faction's decision threaten these goals of the party," he said. Mahato said the party had not taken any call on the formation of next government.
JSP-N has 51 executive members - 26 from the erstwhile RJP-N and 25 from SP-N.
JSP-N executive committee members who have decided to back the no-trust motion against Oli are: Yadav, Bhattarai, Ashok Kumar Rai, Mahendra Ray Yadav, Ramesh Prasad Yadav, Gajadhar Rohita Yadav, Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, Nabaraj Subedi, Yubaraj Karki, Rakam Chemjong, Renu Kumari Yadav, M Lalbabu Raut, Hishila Yami, Ganga Narayan Shrestha, Randhwaj Limbu, Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav, Damaru Ballav Khatiwada, Dan Bahadur Bishwakarma, Prakash Adhikari, M Ishtiyak Rai, Durga Sob, Parshuram Basnet, Prashant Singh, Bhakta Bahadur Shah, Sushila Shrestha, and Bijay Yadav.