K P Oli-led govt reduced to minority as CPN (Maoist Center) withdraws support

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Kathmandu: The KP Sharma Oli-led government has been reduced to minority after the CPN (Maoist Center) on Wednesday withdrew its support to the government.

Chief Whip of CPN (Maoist Center) Dev Prasad Gurung submitted the letter to the General-Secretary of the Federal Parliament Secretariat in presence of lawmakers including the party’s Parliamentary Party leader and Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda.

“The government didn’t take a vote of confidence within 30 days after the Supreme Court didn’t acknowledge the unification between CPN-UML and Maoist Center. It decided to summon a special session to take a vote of confidence violating the constitution and parliamentary tradition. The support to government has been withdrawn with effect from today as per the decision of the party,” reads the letter.

The party had supported the Parliamentary Party leader of the CPN-UML, Oli, in February 2018. The Nepal Communist Party was forged after a merger between the then UML and CPN (Maoist Center) on May 17, 2018.

The Supreme Court decision on March 7, 2021, had shattered the unity between the two parties.

Though the CPN (Maoist Center) had been reiterating that there was no support of the party to the Oli-led government after Supreme Court’s decision, the party had not formally withdrawn its support.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday had summoned a special session of the Parliament for May 10 on the recommendation of the government for Prime Minister Oli to take a vote of confidence.