Kathmandu: Gandaki Province Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung on Thursday lost a vote of confidence in the province assembly.
CM Gurung received 27 votes in his favor while 30 votes were cast against the motion. Gurung required 31 votes to win the vote of confidence. Lawmakers from Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center), Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal, and Rastriya Janamorcha voted against Gurung. A lawmaker remained neutral as two abstained.
Gurung had faced the province assembly as he was appointed the Chief Minister according to Article 168 (3) of the Constitution as Parliamentary Party leader of the largest political party in Gandaki Province Assembly. CM appointed pursuant to the Article must get a vote of confidence from the assembly within 30 days of the appointment.
Now, a Member of Parliament can claim a majority before the Province Chief to form a new government. The opposition alliance is preparing to claim a majority by supporting Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party leader Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel.