Three months after taking the helm, Sudurpaschim Chief Minister Shah expands CabinetAppoints three from CPN (Maoist Centre) and one from Nepali Congress.
Sudurpaschim Chief Minister Kamal Bahadur Shah expanded his Cabinet for the second time on Saturday, inducting three new ministers and one minister of state.
Of the four new appointees, two ministers and a minister of state are from the CPN (Maoist Centre) and one minister is from the Nepali Congress.
From the CPN (Maoist Centre), Jhapat Bahadur Saud has been appointed the minister for social development; Ramesh Bahadur Dhami the minister for industry, tourism, forest and environment and Gita Devi Mal has been appointed the minister of state for industry, tourism, forest and environment.
Likewise, Prithvi Bahadur Singh of the Nepali Congress has been given the portfolio of the ministry of internal affairs and law.
Earlier, the chief minister had appointed Prakash Deuba of the Congress as the minister for physical infrastructure and Naresh Kumar Shahi of the CPN (Unified Socialist) as the minister for economic affairs.
The Cabinet failed to get a full shape as the ruling Nagarik Unmukti Party didn’t recommend any name from the party expressing its disagreement over the power-sharing deal. The Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives is yet to get a minister.
The party didn’t join the government after the Nepali Congress refused to allocate two ministries to the regional party as per its demand.
Nepali Congress provincial assembly leader Shah, who was appointed Sudurpaschim chief minister on February 9, was criticised for failing to expand the Cabinet even over three months after taking charge of the government.