KATHMANDU, March 22: The Loktantrik Samajbadi Party (LSP) is likely to join the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government soon.
Sources said Prime Minister Deuba has been personally taking initiatives to bring LSP onboard the government. Nepali Congress (NC) considers LSP as one of the closest parties in terms of political ideology and senior NC leaders do not rule out the possibility of forging an alliance with the party in the upcoming election.
Sources said Deuba plans to bring the Mahantha Thakur-led party onboard the government as the CPN-UML is eying to forge an electorate alliance with the party, at least in Madhesh Province. Deuba fears that such development could bring huge losses to the NC in the upcoming polls.
Prime Minister Deuba is currently preparing to reshuffle the Cabinet by inducting new faces. This was revealed by the Chairman of the ruling coalition partner, CPN (Maoist Center) Pushpa Kamal Dahal that some faces in the cabinet will be changed.
Talking to media persons in Janakpur on Tuesday, LSP Chairman Thakur also revealed that discussions with the NC were underway to join the government. "Our discussion with the Nepali Congress is currently underway. But there has not been any decision whether to join the government yet," Thakur told media persons.
Thakur reached Janakpur to address the Provincial Level Orientation Program of the party leaders and cadres. The effort of Prime Minister Deuba to bring the Thakur-led LSP onboard the government comes amid preparations of the NC to forge an electoral alliance “as deemed” necessary in the upcoming local level poll.
The Thakur-led LSP has 13 seats in the federal parliament. The party was formed after splitting from the Janata Samajbadi Party, which now has a total 18 members in the fedeal parliament.