Lumbini government loses majorityThe Nepali Congress is preparing to form a new government under its leadership.
The CPN (Maoist Centre) and the Janamat Party quit the Lumbini provincial government on Sunday.
The parties, including some fringe parties, are also preparing to withdraw their support to the UML-led government.
Lawmakers of the Maoist Centre, the Janamat Party and the Janata Samajbadi Party among others are preparing to submit an application to the province chief requesting to appoint Nepali Congress provincial assembly leader Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary as chief minister.
Maoist Centre Lumbini province Chairman Sudarshan Baral said the process for appointing the chief minister according to a new alliance will start on Sunday itself.
“The provincial chief will be informed on the withdrawal of the support,” said Baral.
Baral said it would be appropriate for the chief minister to resign as he has lost the majority.
The Nepali Congress on Friday had decided to form a new government in Lumbini Province under its leadership.
A meeting of the party had decided to form the government under its leadership and requested the parties including the Maoist Centre participating in the incumbent government led by the UML to leave the government.
CPN-UML’s Lumbini provincial assembly leader Leela Giri was appointed Lumbini Province chief minister on January 11.
Giri was supported by CPN (Maoist Centre), Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Nagarik Unmukti Party, Janata Samajbadi Party, Loktantrik Samajbadi Party, Janamat Party and three independent lawmakers.
Support from 44 provincial assembly members is required to form a government in the 87-member provincial assembly.
UML has 29 provincial assembly members, Nepali Congress 27, CPN (Maoist Centre) 10, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Janata Samajbadi Party four each, Janamat Party and Loktantrik Samajbadi Party three each and CPN (Unified Socialist) and Rastriya Janamorcha have one each provincial assembly member.