Maoist Centre to consult Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi Party on government formationThe party, which was revived on Sunday by the Supreme Court after scrapping the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), has 53 seats in Parliament, well short of the required number to form a government.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) has decided to hold talks with the Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi Party regarding formation of a new government.
The Maoist Centre held a meeting of its Standing Committee on Tuesday, two days after it was revived as per a court order.
A day later, Dahal’s allies from the UML decided to join their mother party, which is led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
The Maoist Centre had won 53 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2017 elections.
“We have decided to hold talks with the main opposition Nepali Congress and Janata Samajbadi Party on parliamentary process and government formation as well as future political course in the changed context,” said Narayan Kaji Shrestha, spokesperson of the party. “We will hold discussions with the CPN-UML if necessary.”
The Standing Committee meeting will continue on Wednesday as well, according to Shrestha.
The Maoist Centre has also called a meeting of its Central Committee on March 13 and is organising a gathering of its cadres on March 14 to discuss the changed political scenario.
After the revival of the UML and the Maoist Centre by the court on Sunday, the latter has turned into the third largest party in the lower house.
The only way it can form a coalition government by removing Oli is by seeking support of the Congress party which has 63 members (two suspended) and Janata Samajbadi Party which has 34 members (two suspended) in Parliament.