Cabinet likely to dismiss three Province Chiefs today

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Kathmandu: The ruling alliance has agreed to dismiss Province Chiefs of three provinces. A meeting of the Council of Ministers slated for Tuesday afternoon is likely to sack Chiefs of Province 2, Gandaki, and Lumbini.

The Nepali Congress, the CPN (Maoist Center), and the Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal (JSPN) have agreed to sack Dr Rajesh Jha ‘Ahiraj’, Chief of Province 2, Sita Poudel of Gandaki, and Dharmanath Yadav of Lumbini.

The erstwhile KP Oli-led government had sacked Province Chiefs appointed by current Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba some four years ago. At that time, Province Chiefs were appointed based on power-sharing between two sides of NCP (former UML and former Maoist). Oli had removed Province Chiefs appointed on Maoist’s quota and had appointed those loyal to him after the split of NCP.

Lumbini Chief Yadav was dragged into controversy after he appointed Shankar Pokharel as Chief Minister despite a dispute over a majority and had administered the oath of office to him at the Chief Minister’s Office.

Likewise, Gandaki Chief Poudel got mired into controversy over her remarks on Gandaki Province Assembly Speaker. The then PM Oli had dismissed Amik Sherchan and had appointed Poudel to the post.