Gandaki Chief Minister Gurung follows in Oli’s footsteps, stakes a claim to lead new govt

Gandaki Province Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung.

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Kathmandu: Following in Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s footsteps, Gandaki Province Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung on Saturday staked a claim to lead a new government.

Gurung has presented his claim before Province Chief Sita Kumari Poudel to lead a new government pursuant to Article 168(5) of the Constitution. He has submitted signatures of party committees of Rastriya Janamorcha and Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal.

On Friday, Nepali Congress (NC) lawmaker Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel had staked a claim for his appointment as Chief Minister of Gandaki Province. He had 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.

It should be noted that PM Oli too, in a similar fashion, had presented his claim to lead the government by presenting letters from UML and Janata Samajbadi Party. Earlier than the claim by Oli, Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba had staked the claim with signatures of majority lawmakers. Then, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had dismissed both the claims and had announced mid-terms polls after dissolving the House of Representatives.

Leaders of opposition alliance are worried that a similar outcome is likely in Gandaki Province as well.