By Rup Narayan Dhakal : Pokhara—Gandaki Province caretaker Chief Minister and CPN-UML Parliamentary Party Leader Prithvi Subba Gurung has been reappointed as CM today. He has been in a caretaker role following his resignation on May 9. Gandaki Province Governor Sita Kumari Paudel reappointed Gurung as CM of the largest party as per article 168-3 of Nepal’s Constitution. He had been tested positive for coronavirus and now is in home isolation.
Opposition parties’ attempt to form a majority government as per article 168- 2 couldn’t be succeeded as two lawmakers- Krishna Bahadur Thapa and Khim Bikram Shahi from Rashtriya Janamorcha remained neutral, writing separate letters to Governor Paudel today.
Governor Paudel had given a three-day time to political parties to form a new government from two or more parties following the resignation of CM Gurung on the same day. Today was the last day to show a majority to form a new government as per the governor’s letter.
Lawmaker Thapa, who is also a parliamentary party leader of RJM and Shahi wrote two different letters to the governor office, informing that they haven’t any support to the alliance led by Nepali Congress lawmaker Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokhrel who has been proposed as new CM by Nepali Congress, CPN-MC and Janata Samadbadi Party. Lawmaker Nepali had claimed that he has been supported by Rashtriya Janamorcha Party too.
As Rastria Janamorcha lawmaker Shahi didn’t give a signature to the NC-led alliance to form a new government, his party’s central committee suspended him from the parliamentary party leader citing that he violated his party whip. Later, another lawmaker Shahi also refused to support the NC-led alliance.
There are a total of 60 members including speaker from CPN-MC in Gandaki Province Assembly. CPN-UML has 27, NC has 15, CPN-MC has 11, Rashtriya Janamorcha has 3, Janata Samajbadi has 2 and 1 independent lawmaker in province assembly.