Nepal’s ruling coalition has announced that there is no need for Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to seek another vote of confidence in the House of Representatives after the Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) withdrew support from the government. The decision was taken by the top leaders of the five-party alliance, including Prime Minister Prachanda, at a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar.
The announcement comes after the RSP, one of the smaller parties in the ruling alliance, withdrew support from the government, citing differences over several issues, including the appointment of officials to key positions. The move left the ruling coalition with a razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives, raising concerns that the government may not be able to pass key legislation.
However, the ruling coalition leaders have expressed confidence that they have the support of enough lawmakers to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives. They have also said that the government will continue to work towards addressing the issues raised by the RSP and other parties.
“The withdrawal of support by the RSP is a setback, but we have the support of enough lawmakers to continue functioning as a government,” said Hitraj Pandey, the chief whip of the CPN-Maoist Centre.
Nepal has been facing political instability since December 2020, when the House of Representatives was dissolved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. However, the move was later overturned by the Supreme Court, which ordered the reinstatement of the House of Representatives.
Following the court’s ruling, Prachanda was appointed as the new Prime Minister, replacing Oli. Prachanda has since been working to address the political and economic challenges facing Nepal, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing border dispute with India.
Despite the challenges, Prachanda has expressed optimism about the future of Nepal. “We are facing many challenges, but we are also a resilient nation with a strong spirit,” he said in a recent speech. “We will overcome these challenges and emerge stronger than ever.”
The decision by the ruling coalition to support Prachanda’s government is likely to provide some stability to Nepal’s political landscape. However, it remains to be seen how the government will address the concerns raised by the RSP and other parties, and whether it will be able to pass key legislation in the coming months.
In the meantime, the people of Nepal continue to face numerous challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instability, and political uncertainty. As such, it is important for the government and the ruling coalition to work together to address these issues and provide much-needed relief to the people of Nepal.