Nepal | January 17, 2021

Oli’s decision impacting provincial governments

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

DHARAN, DECEMBER 25

The dissolution of the House of Representatives due to internal feud in the ruling Nepal Communist Party has started showing impact on provincial governments.

The Madhav Kumar Nepal- and Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led faction today filed a no-trust motion against Chief Minister Dormani Poudel in Bagmati Province.

As neither Dahal nor Oli faction has majority to form the government in Province 1, government here also might face the same fate. The Dahal faction has started its game to unseat incumbent Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai. The Dahal faction is in majority in the provincial assembly.

The incumbent CM Rai, who is close to KP Sharma Oli, has fallen in minority in the party and PA.

Of the 93 lawmakers, NCP has 67 members in Provincial Assembly. Fifty-one were elected from the former CPN-UML while 16 were from the then CPN-Maoist Centre. Out of the 50, 26 are close to CM Rai. But, Bhim Acharya of the Dahal-Nepal faction claimed that only 19 members were in favour of CM Rai and the government had already lost its majority. The government needs support of 47 lawmakers to form the government.

Rumours are doing rounds that Dahal-Nepal faction will form the government with support of other parties such as Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Limbuwan.

Nepali Congress has 21 members, JSP-N has three and Rastriya Prajatantra and Federal Democratic National Front have one lawmaker each in the provincial assembly.

The main opposition Nepali Congress Chief Whip Kedar Karki claimed that the provincial government could not be formed without his party’s backing.

“Our party has not made up its mind to join the government. But we can back the government formation process,”

Karki added. CM Rai, Internal Affairs and Law Minister Hikmat Karki, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Environment Jagadish Kusiyat are close to KP Oli while Financial Affairs Minister Indra Bahadur Aangbo, Social Development Minister Jivan Ghimire and State Minister Jasmaya Gajmer are close to Dahal and Nepal faction.

NCP Province 1 Chief Whip Buddhi Kumar Rajbhandari said that it was natural for the province to fall under the impact of the centre. “But, the province government will not change as rumoured by some in media, ‘Rajbhandari noted, adding “We are still in majority and former CPN-UML has majority in the Provincial Assembly, so nothing will change.’ Province 1 deputy leader of NCP Tanka Aangbuhang also ruled out the likelihood of the government change.

He said that Dahal and Nepal were not in favour of government change in the province. He, however, said that the government’s performance would be reviewed.

 


A version of this article appears in print on December 26, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Photo Gallery: NC student cadres demonstrate against House dissolution

Kathmandu, January 15 Seen in the pictures below are youth activists affiliated to the main opposition Nepali Congress taking part in a tug of war during a protest against the dissolution of House, in Kathmandu, on Friday. On December 20, PM Oli recommended the dissolution of House of Represen Read More...

Constitutional bench to adjudicate House dissolution case

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana today ruled that cases field against the dissolution of the House of Representatives would be heard by the same bench continuously from Sunday. The SC passed the order after hear Read More...

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

MAMUJU, INDONESIA: A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people. More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which sent people fleeing their homes in Read More...

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE: President-elect Joe Biden pledged Friday to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It's part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure minority com Read More...

Dahal-Nepal faction to seek clarification from prime minister

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal today decided to seek clarification from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for acting against the party’s objectives, goals, programmes, and statute. NCP Standing Committee member Bhim Bahadur Rawal Read More...

Rooney stops playing to take Derby manager job permanently

All-time record scorer for England and Manchester United. A haul of 16 trophies. Wayne Rooney's illustrious playing career is over. Former England and United captain has decided it's time to focus on trying to replicate his successes as a striker in management. After taking temporary charg Read More...

Gyawali stresses need to find agreeable boundary alignment

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali today said in New Delhi that finding an agreeable boundary alignment in the remaining segments might not only take Nepal and India to the stage of fully settled international boundary, but might also help generate positive vi Read More...

Nepali Congress to hold protests in all local levels today

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 15 Nepali Congress is set to hold protests against the dissolution of the House of Representatives in all the 753 local levels on Saturday. Issuing a press release, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba appealed to all the citizens to express solidarity with the protest to be held Read More...