Butwal, August 11 Lumbini Governor Amik Sherchan called for the formation of a new government in the province after Chief Minister Shankar Pokhrel put in his papers today.

Following the resignation of Chief Minister Shankar Pokhrel, Sherchan urged the parties to stake claim for the formation of a new government by 3:00pm tomorrow.

As per Article 168(2) of the constitution, a member of the Provincial Assembly can lead a new government with the support of two or more parties.

Provincial Assembly meeting today was scheduled to discuss the no-confidence motion registered at the PA by opposition parties, including the Nepali Congress, the CPN-Maoist Centre, and the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal.

Sherchan called for the formation of the new government after Pokhrel put in his papers while the discussion was under way on the no-trust motion in the Provincial Assembly today.

In his resignation letter, Pokhrel has accused opposition parties of tabling the no-trust motion before his government could complete even two years. The letter accuses opposition parties of acting against people's mandate.

"My dream of making Lumbini's headquarters a model remains unfulfilled," states the letter.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 12 2021, of The Himalayan Times.