Kathmandu, June 17

The Upendra Yadav-Baburam Bhattarai faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal has removed nine ministers from the party for indulging in 'anti-party activities'. The decision was taken by the party's executive committee, in which the Yadav-Bhattarai faction enjoys majority support.

The nine ministers who have been removed from the party are - Rajkishor Yadav, Sharat Singh Bhandari, Ekbal Miya, Umashankar Argariya, Bimal Prasad Srivastav, Anil Kumar Jha, Chanda Chaudhary, Chandra Kanta Chaudhary, and Renuka Gurung.

A few days ago, the Yadav-Bhattarai faction had sought explanation from nine out of 11 ministers representing the Thakur-Mahato faction of the JSP-N for participating in the KP Sharma Oli-led government.

According to a press release issued by the Yadav-Bhattarai faction today, the faction would submit a petition to the Election Commission again seeking its recognition.

Recently, the co-chairpersons of the party, Upendra Yadav and Mahantha Thakur, expelled each other from the party for anti-party activities.

Yadav also expelled Rajendra Mahato, Laxman Lal Karna, and Sarvendranath Shukla from the JSP-N.

The party has also sought explanation from four party lawmakers of Lumbini Provincial Assembly who had supported Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel.

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