KATHMANDU – The CPN (UML) Karnali Province Assembly parliamentary party has decided to withdraw its support given to Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi.
The first meeting of the party today held after the revival of the CPN (UML) and the CPN (Maoist Centre) with the Supreme Court’s decision to validate the unification between the two parties took a decision to this regard.
It may be noted that the then CPN (UML) had on February 15, 2018 backed Maoist leader Shahi to be appointed as the Chief Minister and this was the case of before the formation of Nepal Communist Party through the unification between the two parties on May 17, 2018. The meeting held under the chair of party leader Yamlal Kandel agreed to take back the support beginning from Thursday.
At a press meet organised after the meeting, parliamentary party leader Kandel shared that a decision has been taken to ask written clarification to nine members of the party, who remained absent in the meeting.
There are 20 members including Speaker of CPN-UML in Karnali Province Assembly. The meeting also directed its three ministers to return back from the government.
There are Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning, Prakash Jwala, Minister for Social Development, Dal Rawal, and Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment, Nanda Singh Budha, in the Province government from CPN-UML.
The meeting also decided to urge Province Assembly Secretariat for the arrangement of office of the parliamentary party. Chief Whip Gulab Jung Shah said that they have formally informed Speaker Raj Bahadur Shahi and Provincial Chief, Govinda Prasad Kalauni, about the decision of the parliamentary party.
There are 13 member of CPN (Maoist Centre), six of Nepali Congress and one of Rastriya Prajatantra Party in Karnali Province Assembly.