Nepali Congress lawmaker Pokharel stakes a claim for Gandaki Chief Minister’s post

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Kathmandu: Nepali Congress (NC) lawmaker Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel on Friday staked a claim for his appointment as Chief Minister of Gandaki Province.

Pokharel presented his claim before Province Chief Sita Kumari Poudel to lead a new government pursuant to Article 168(5) of the Constitution. He has presented signatures of 31 lawmakers including 15 from NC, 11 from CPN (Maoist Center), two each from Rastriya Janamorcha and Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal, and one independent lawmaker Deepak Manange.

Earlier today, Gandaki Province Chief Poudel had called for forming a new government within 24 hours. Province Chief Poudel had made the call for the new government as per Article 168(5) of the Constitution after Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung lost a vote of confidence yesterday.

As per the Article, if any member presents a ground on which he or she can obtain a vote of confidence, the Province Chief shall appoint such member as the Chief Minister.

Gandaki Province Chief Minister Gurung had lost a vote of confidence in the province assembly on Thursday. 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.