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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2645

Intra-party differences delays new govt formation in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 15 May, ( The formation of new government in Nepal is delayed as Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF), which holds key to form any coalition, failed to make clear whether it would support the coalition led by CPN-UML or the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists).

A serious division has surfaced within the MPRF after the Maoist Chairman and caretaker Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal offered the post of premiership to the MPRF Chairman Upendra Yadav.

While about half of the party´s lawmakers, led by parliamentary party leader Bijaya Gachchhadar, are in favor of joining a coalition led by the CPN-UML, half other lawmakers led by the party chairman Yadav and party co-chair J P Gupta have advocated for supporting the Maoists.

The CPN-UML has already proposed its senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as new prime minister.

The party insiders of MPRF said Yadav camp is not keen on supporting the CPN-UML coalition since Maoists have offered Yadav to head the new government, assuring him of the Maoists support in government formation.

Yadav on Thursday tabled four options before the party for its future course of action: Joining the CPN-UML-led government after working out a common position on Madhes; the party leading a government with Maoist backing; supporting the Nepali Congress-UML coalition government from outside; and joining a government under Maoist leadership.

Yadav and Gupta met with the care taker prime minister Dahal early on Wednesday. Many central committee members have started arguing that the party should be ready to lead the new coalition if it gets Maoist backing.

Members loyal to Yadav have urged the party leadership not to miss the chance to lead the government while members close to Gachchhadar have termed it a Maoist ploy.

Senior leaders said the ongoing Central Committee meeting of the party could continue for a few more days as only a few of the members have spoken as of late Thursday evening. This is likely to cause further delay in the formation of new government.

- Asian Tribune -

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