Janakpurdham, May 27
Nepal Communist Party, which had extended support for formation of coalition government by Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal in Province 2, withdrew its support to the government in the province today.
The NCP declared its withdrawal from government at a House meeting, in which Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut was scheduled to present a bill related to the salary and perks of the chief minister, ministers and Provincial Assembly officials and members.
NCP lawmaker Satya Narayan Mandal announced the withdrawal of support extended to the government after Spokesperson Saroj Kumar Raya read out a letter dispatched from the office of the Chief Minister.
It was the first meeting of the Provincial Assembly after the two communist forces then CPN-UML and CPN-MC unified. Then CPN-MC Parliamentary party leader Ramchandra Mandal also said that they had withdrawn their support to the government as it failed to give business to the PA. Leader Satya Narayan Mandal accused the government of failing to do the right job in all aspects.
CM Raut charged the NCP lawmakers of withdrawing their support as they could not get the status of the opposition leaders. However, CM Raut claimed that the government would get necessary support and cooperation from leaders as promised at the time of formation of the government.
Nepali Congress lawmakers also expressed their dissatisfaction with the performance of the government. However, the ruling Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal lawmaker Manish Suman claimed historic achievement of the government.
The PA meeting was postponed for an hour after lawmakers of the NCP chanted slogans against the government. The meeting resumed after an hour and CM Raut presented two bills.
Though NCP withdrew its support to the government, the government has majority. Of the 110 members in the Provincial Assembly, there are 55 lawmaker of the ruling Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal.
A version of this article appears in print on May 28, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.