To vote or not to vote: On the eve of PM’s floor test, JSPN leaves its lawmakers at their own discretion

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Kathmandu: Tomorrow (May 10) is going to be a decisive day when incumbent prime minister KP Sharma Oli is going to take a vote of confidence. If the confidence vote takes place tomorrow, it will also decide the future political course of the country.   But the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal, the decisive force for the PM’s floor test, remains undecided and faltering as of this writing. 

JSPN’s meeting on Sunday has decided not to impose party whip on its lawmakers. As per this decision, the JSPN lawmakers can vote, in favor or against the PM, at their own discretion.

JSPN’s fresh move is seen as one of the unusual decisions in recent political history, while also signalling the possible split in the party. 

Some JSPN leaders had told Nepal Live Today a few days earlier that the party would take a unanimous stand on whether to vote for or against Prime Minister Oli. 

JSPN’s fresh decision also puts the fate of PM Oli in uncertainty. JSPN has 32 votes, making it the kingmaker in the vote of confidence tomorrow. The Yadav-Bhattarai faction has decided to vote against the incumbent PM while the Thakur-Mahato faction has decided to stay neutral, so far.