Maoist Center wants government headed by Dahal in first half and Nepali Congress as PM in second half – Nepal Politics
Politics of Nepal: Sher Bahadur Deoba with Pushpa Kamal Dahal
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The political uncertainty in the country has deepened as the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) is changing every moment on the issue of forming the next government in the country. The Maoist Center on Saturday said it was ready to join hands with any party to form a new government. But within 24 hours on Sunday, he announced that his full support was with the Nepali Congress-led coalition.
When Maoist Center spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara talked about joining hands with any party on Saturday, it was taken to mean that the Maoist Center would break away from the ruling coalition and join the opposition Communist Party of Nepal (UML). Preparing. UML, led by former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, has emerged as the second largest party in the November 20 parliamentary general elections.
On Sunday, the Maoist Center retracted Mahara’s statement. Party leaders said they stand by their alliance with the Nepali Congress. Apart from the Nepali Congress and the Maoist Centre, three other parties are part of the ruling coalition. According to a report in the newspaper Kathmandu Post, the Maoist center made the statement on Saturday to pressure the Nepali Congress to agree to appoint its leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal as its first prime minister. The Maoist Center wants the government to be headed by Dehl for the first half of the term and the Nepali Congress as Prime Minister for the second half. According to this report, when the Maoist center realized that the move could backfire, it changed its stance.
A leader of the Maoist Center told the Kathmandu Post – ‘Nepali Congress is trying to form a government without the Maoist Centre. It is also possible to do so. UML has sent a message to Nepali Congress to form the government and UML will support it from outside. According to this leader, UML aims to somehow break the existing ruling coalition.
On Sunday, Maoist Center General Secretary Dev Gurung said that his party has not considered joining hands with the UML. He said- ‘We will review the election results in our meeting. We haven’t discussed alliance options yet. He said that the Maoist Center is firmly with the Nepali Congress. But at the same time, he added – ‘Being the leader of political change in the country, it is clear that the Maoist Center has a claim to the position of the leader of the government.’
Voting was held in Nepal on November 20 to elect the lower house of the Parliament. Results of 165 seats with direct elections are out. Among them, Nepali Congress has been ranked first and UML has been ranked second. The situation regarding the 110 seats allotted through the proportional representation system has not yet been clarified. But based on indications so far, observers say no party or coalition will be able to secure the 138 seats needed for a clear majority.