JSP Mahanta-Rajendra faction rejects Oli’s offer to join govt

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Kathmandu: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who got appointed as Prime Minister as Parliamentary Party leader of the largest political party in the House of Representatives has offered Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) to join the government.

However, leaders Rajendra Mahato and Mahanta Thakur rejected the offer, said JSP lawmaker of the faction Ekwal Miya.

Miya said the party will not join the government immediately but will support the government from outside. He said that the Prime Minister had requested the party to join the government taking charge of two ministries.

The party is sharply divided over the formation of the government. Mahanta-Rajendra faction is in favor of supporting Oli while Upendra Yadav and Baburam Bhattarai faction are against Oli.

Meanwhile, PM Oli is taking an oath of office and secrecy today.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday re-appointed him the Prime Minister in the capacity of the leader of the largest party when two or more than two political parties in the House of Representatives (HoR) failed to show a majority in the race.

According to the President’s Office, re-appointed Prime Minister Oli is scheduled to take the oath of office at 2.30 pm this afternoon. The first phase of cabinet expansion will also take place today.

The President on May 9 had called for two or more than two political parties to present the claim for a new prime minister with a majority of the members of HoR within Thursday 9.00 pm as per Article 76 (2) of the Nepal Constitution.

Though the main opposition Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) attempted to gather support from a majority of HoR members it was not materialized in the stipulated period. With the expiration of the given period, Oli was appointed as the prime minister in the capacity of the leader of the largest party in the parliament as per Article 76 (3).