'Prachanda' government in danger in Nepal: 4 ministers including deputy-PM resign

'Prachanda' government in danger in Nepal: 4 ministers including deputy-PM resign, angry over PM's support to opposition party's presidential candidate

Feb 27, 2023 - 11:24
'Prachanda' government in danger in Nepal: 4 ministers including deputy-PM resign

Four ministers of Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), including Deputy Prime Minister Rajendra Singh Lingden, have resigned from Pushpa Kamal Dahal's government formed two months ago in Nepal. Actually, Prachanda's government has announced going out of the coalition and supporting Ramchandra Poudel of the opposition party Nepali Congress for the post of President. Angered by this, the RPP ministers decided to quit the government on Saturday.
However, the party of the ministers who have resigned is yet to officially withdraw support from the government. If this happens, Prachanda's government may be in danger. The Parliament of Nepal has 275 seats, of which the RPP has 14 seats. Along with this, it is the 5th largest party.
On Saturday, the Prime Minister's Office of Nepal accepted the resignation of 4 ministers. However, it is not yet clear whether the government has accepted his resignation or not. Lingden, the leader of the RPP who resigned from the cabinet, held the portfolios of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation. While Deputy Speaker Bikram Pandey held the Ministry of Urban Development and leader Dhruv Bahadur Pradhan held the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. Similarly, Deepak Bahadur Singh was the Minister of State for Energy in the government.
On the other hand, Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Poudel is almost certain to become the President of Nepal. He has a new coalition of eight parties including the Nepali Congress, the CPN-Maoist Centre, the Janata Samajwadi Party and the CPN Party. Presidential elections are to be held in Nepal on 9 March. Here the tenure of the President is 5 years and a person can be elected to the post of President only 2 times.
Earlier on February 7, the Rashtriya Swatantra Party (RSP) of Nepal had withdrawn support from Prachanda's government. At the same time, due to the split in the coalition, many ministers offered to resign. Due to this, the government was in danger.
In fact, on January 28, Nepal's Supreme Court held Nepal's Deputy PM Rabi Lamichhane guilty in the case of dual citizenship. The court had ruled to cancel his membership and election as an MP. After this, he had to leave the post of Deputy PM and Home Minister. There were allegations about Lamichhane that apart from Nepal, he also has US citizenship.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer