Samajbadi Party pulls out of government, Upendra Yadav resignsThe decision comes a day after the prime minister rejected Yadav’s proposal on constitution amendment.
Tika R Pradhan
Samajbadi Party Nepal has quit the government.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Law Upendra Yadav tendered his resignation to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday afternoon.
Yadav resigned on Tuesday, a day after Oli rejected his proposal on constitution amendments during Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
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The other member in the Cabinet from the party is Mohammad Istiyak Rai, minister for urban development.
In his resignation, Yadav has said he decided to resign with immediate effect after his proposal, in the capacity of deputy prime minister and law minister, for constitution amendments was rejected.
Samajbadi Party had joined the Oli government as per a two-point deal with then CPN-UML and the Maoist Centre, which is now known as the Nepal Communist Party, on May 28 last year.
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“After holding an informal meeting of the party’s office-bearers, we had decided that our ministers would resign,” said a general secretary of the Samajbadi Party.
The decision to quit the government comes days after the ruling Nepal Communist Party reached an electoral alliance for the National Assembly with Rastriya Janata Party, another Madhes-based party in Parliament.
The story has been updated.