Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli joined hands with the Janata Samajwadi Party. Oli is facing protests within his own party against his move to dissolve the House of Representatives.
Kathmandu. Prime Minister of Nepal in trouble KP Sharma Oli has joined hands with the Madhesi Janata Samajwadi Party after a major cabinet reshuffle. The move is being seen by many analysts as ‘two targets with one arrow’ as they aim to tighten their grip on power and strengthen ties with neighboring India. Oli is facing opposition within his own party against his move to dissolve the House of Representatives.
Oli on Friday reshuffled the cabinet and dropped some key ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel and Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali. Oli has inducted eight ministers and two ministers of state from the Madhesi Dal Janata Samajwadi Party. Rajendra Mahato has been made Deputy Prime Minister and Urban Development Minister, while Raghubir Mahaseth from the ruling CPN-UML has been made another Deputy Prime Minister as well as External Affairs Minister. The third deputy prime minister is Bishnu Paudyal from UML, who has also been given the charge of the finance ministry. The Madhesi parties claim to represent the Madhesis in Nepal. Madhesi people are mainly residents of Terai region. This community has strong cultural and family ties with India. However, the opposition and experts criticized his move, saying it was against constitutional norms as Parliament was already dissolved and the election dates have been fixed for November 12 and 19.
A member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), Mahaseth has not only been made the Foreign Minister but he is also one of the three Deputy Prime Ministers. “In Nepal, we do not have a tradition to choose ministers on the basis of expertise, qualifications and prior work experience,” Vishnu Rizal, deputy head of UML’s foreign relations department, was quoted as saying in a report by The Kathmandu Post. Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved Parliament on 22 May and announced mid-term elections on 12 and 19 November. President Bhandari had rejected the claims of Prime Minister Oli and the opposition coalition forming a new government, saying these claims were “insufficient”.
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