KATHMANDU, July 18: The main opposition party CPN-UML has decided to vote against the confidence motion of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
A Standing Committee meeting of the party held at Chyasal, Kathmandu decided not to support PM Deuba at any cost.
UML spokesperson Pradeep Gyawali said that the party decided to fail the confidence motion. “Those who opt to vote for the motion will not any longer remain in the party,” he added.
The UML, which lost the command of the government on July 13 following the Supreme Court’s July 12 verdict, holds a total of 121 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives (HoR) which is supposed to decide on the confidence motion.
PM Deuba, who is also the parliamentary leader of the Nepali Congress (NC), requires at least 136 votes to win the motion and remain intact as the executive head of the country.
UML’s decision comes at a time when the lawmakers close to the dissident faction led by Madhav Kumar Nepal are reportedly voting in favor of Deuba’s trust motion. As many as 23 lawmakers of the faction extended their support to Deuba when the latter laid a claim to premiership as per Article 76 (5) on May 21.