KATHMANDU, July 31: Yogesh Bhattarai, an emerging leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, is all set to be appointed as a tourism minister.
Amid a function to be held at the President's Office, President Bidya Devi Bhandari will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Bhattarai, according to NCP leaders.
The post of tourism minister had been lying vacant since the untimely demise of the then Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. After the demise of Adhikari, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli himself had been overseeing the tourism ministry.
Leader Bhattarai is often considered as a vocal critic of Prime Minister Oli since the latter took the helm of the government for a second time in February 2018.
Oli had vowed to induct Bhattarai in his Cabinet during the election campaign in 2017 organized in his constituency. Bhattarai was elected member of House of Representatives from Taplejung.
Bhattarai, who started his political career as a student leader, is currently the standing committee member of the NCP.