CPN-Maoist Center chief ‘Prachanda’ meets Deuba, expresses desire to become Nepal’s next PM (report)

KATHMANDU: Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, the chairman of the CPN-Maoist Center, met with Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and reportedly expressed his desire to become the country’s new Prime Minister, as the two leaders discussed how to advance the ruling coalition and form the next government.
Saturday’s meeting matters as president Bidya Devi Bhandari plans to call on political parties to put forward their demands to form the next government.
“The President has not yet decided on a specific day. However, she will be calling the parties very soon to assert their claim,” Tika DhakalPresident Bhandari’s press expert, told The Kathmandu Post newspaper.
No party in the House of Representatives, which has 275 members, has the 138 seats required to form the new government.
The ruling alliance, which together has numbers close to a majority in the House, has yet to decide who will lead the new cabinet.
the Nepali Congress (NC) led by Deuba became the largest party in the November elections with 89 seats. The other ruling alliance partners together won 47 seats – CPN-Maoist Center (32), CPN-Unified Socialist (10), Loktantrik Samajwadi Party (4) and Rashtriya Janamorcha (1).
The newly formed Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) has also offered to extend its support to the Nepalese Congress-led five-party alliance in forming the government.
The RSP became the fourth largest party in the November 20 elections, winning 20 seats.
Nepali Congress Spokesperson Prakash Sharan Mahat said that Prachanda during his meeting with Prime Minister Prachanda had formally sought the support of the Nepali Congress to become Prime Minister in the first half of the five-year term, the report said. log.
While forging an electoral alliance ahead of the Nov. 20 elections, Deuba and Prachanda reportedly struck a “gentleman’s agreement” to take turns leading the government.
Mahat said that while Prachanda’s proposal was predictable, it would be more natural for the Nepali Congress, as the largest party to emerge from the elections, to lead the government.
When asked if Prachanda had requested Deuba’s support to become the new prime minister, CPN-MC leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said he had asked Deuba how he wanted to proceed, which he responded that all coalition partners should decide within their respective outfits, the Himalayan Times newspaper reported.
Prachanda presented himself as a candidate for the head of the executive branch long before the elections in public forums.
Deuba, who is the favorite to become prime minister for the sixth time, gave no definitive answer to Prachanda, a source close to the prime minister told The Kathmandu Post newspaper.
The ruling coalition, which has decided to remain intact to form the next government, has multiple candidates for the post of Prime Minister, including from the Nepalese Congress.
During the election campaign, at least half a dozen top Nepali Congress leaders had revealed their intention to fight for the post of prime minister if they won the elections.
Congress is struggling to elect its parliamentary party leader in accordance with the party statute.
Although his party won fewer seats this time, Prachanda was encouraged to claim the leadership of a new coalition after the CPN-UML led by former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli began luring him with a promise to support for his candidacy for prime minister, sources told the Kathmandu Post.
The CPN-UML and its allies have 104 seats in the Chamber.
A few days ago, Prachanda said his party held the key to forming the next government.


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