With the Communists bickering among themselves, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli lost the trust vote in the House of Representatives on Monday. Oli’s failure was imminent the CPN (Maoist Centre) led by Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” withdrew support to his Government. Prime Minister Oli secured 93 votes in the lower house of Parliament during a special session convened on the directives of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Oli required at least 136 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives to win the confidence motion as four members are currently under suspension. A total of 124 members voted against him. After its alliance with Nepal Communist Party Maoist Centre led by Prachanda withdrew its support to the government, Oli’s government was reduced to a minority one.
Prominent opposition leaders — Sher Bahadur Deuba (Nepali Congress) and Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda (Maoists) – blamed Oli for failure to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic that resulted in a surge in cases and fatalities in the country.
Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party.
The 69-year-old Communist leader Oli faced defeat in Parliament and exit from power after leading the government for 38 months. Dissident members from the ruling Nepal Communist Party defied the party whip and abstained from voting, a move that may cost them their House membership.
Moving the motion for a vote of confidence, Oli said it was unfortunate that a Government that tirelessly worked for the country’s development and nation-building is being targeted for ‘narrow and partisan’ interests. He asked the opposition not to label false accusations against anyone.
Prominent opposition leaders — Sher Bahadur Deuba (Nepali Congress) and Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda (Maoists) – blamed Oli for failure to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic that resulted in a surge in cases and fatalities in the country. They also accused him of playing with the lives of COVID-19 victims alleging that corruption and ‘scandals’ blocked the supply of timely delivery of vaccines from India.
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