Nepali Congress likely to lead new government in Lumbini province

Published On: April 26, 2023 10:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, April 26: Lumbini Province Chief Amik Sherchan has called for the formation of a new government in Lumbini province. He called for the formation of the government under Article 168 (2) of the Constitution. Under Article 168(2) of the Constitution, a joint majority government should be formed.

The Chief Minister of Lumbini Province, Leela Giri, was in the minority after he did not receive a vote of confidence in the Provincial Assembly. Giri sought a vote of confidence in the provincial assembly on Monday. But only 33 votes were cast in his favor. 

While there are 87 provincial assembly members in this provincial assembly, 44 members are needed to get a majority. There were 53 votes against Giri.

After he failed to secure a majority, the Provincial Chief Amik Sherchan recognized the Giri-led government as the working government on Monday. On Tuesday evening, Provincial Chief Sherchan called for the formation of a new government under Article 168(2) of the Constitution. He has given a deadline of 4 pm on Thursday to present the claim for the formation of the majority government.

The current NC and Maoist Center alliance has submitted a claim with the signatures of the majority of members to the provincial chief, recommending Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary, the leader of the Nepali Congress (NC) parliamentary party, as the chief minister. 

As called by the provincial chief, the alliance will again submit a claim to the provincial chief for the formation of a government under the leadership of Nepali Congress (NC) Parliamentary Party leader Chaudhary. 

According to the current political equation, there is a high possibility that Chaudhary will become the next Chief Minister. Chief Minister Giri had to take a vote of confidence on Monday after 25 members who had supported him withdrew their support on March 26. 

Giri, who was appointed Chief Minister on January 11, took the vote of confidence for the first time on January 19. But after three months, Giri, who had to take a vote of confidence again, fell into a clear minority on Monday.

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