Fringe parties demand representation in the CabinetTen fringe parties, who have backed Prime Minister Sushil Koirala-led Cabinet, including two independent lawmakers have demanded four ministries among themselves.
The fringe parties met PM Koirala at his official residence in Baluwatar today and floated a five-point demand which also includes the allocation of four ministries to the small parties.
Nepal Pariwar Dal Chairman Eknath Dhakal informed that the responsibility of picking ministers from the fringe parties was provided to the prime minister himself.
They have demanded that the government should allocate four ministries to the parties to make the Cabinet more inclusive, include fringe parties in the government's common minimum programme and also secure small parties' representation in cross-party talks.
In return, PM Koirala said that he needed support from all the parties in order to draft a new constitution within a year, adding that he would give complete shape to the government by appeasing all.
The prime minister also gave his word that he would make sure about the participation of the small parties in several committees in the Constituent Assembly in case he was unable to induct them into the Cabinet.
PM Koirala, Information and Communications Minister Minendra Rijal, Nepali Congress leader Aananda Prasad Dhungana, Nepal Pariwar Dal, Samajwadi Janata Party, Nepali Janata Dal, Khumbhuwan Morcha and two independent lawmakers were present at the meeting today.
The 21-member Cabinet so far includes only NC and UML ministers. Rastriya Prajatantra Party and CPN-ML have been allocated one ministry each while the PM has kept four ministries to himself.