The Accidental Prime Minister

July 22, 2021 13:14 pm

With mere 63 seats in parliament which has 275 seats, the Nepali Congress party (23%) was not even fit for an opposition, forget heading the government. But the unfolding of political events and circumstances pushed Deuba to head a wobbling government that could easily fall apart with no reasons rather than holding together with a purpose.

KATHMANDU, July 20: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba reached CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda's residence at Khumaltar earlier today.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held a telephonic conversation with his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday afternoon.

Interestingly, eight UML lawmakers voting in favor of Deuba in the floor test included lawmakers close to former Prime Minister K P Oli. Here is a list of UML lawmakers who voted in favor of Prime Minister Deuba in parliament.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba over his success to win vote of confidence in parliament on Sunday evening.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has won vote of confidence in parliament.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Janata Samajbadi Party-led by Upendra Yadav has decided to join the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government.

Deuba must deliver

July 14, 2021 19:48 pm

Oli’s reluctance to step down even after failing to win a vote of confidence in parliament and his abrupt decision to dissolve parliament and announce a midterm election amid the COVID-19 pandemic had raised serious concerns that this could derail the political course in the country. The apex court’s verdict has brought the political course back on track for now. But the journey ahead is still precarious.

KATHMANDU, July 14: Ambassador of India to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra has congratulated Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. The Indian ambassador reached Deuba's residence at Budhanilkantha today and congratulated him.

KATHAMANDU, July 14: The newly-formed Sher Bahadur Deuba-led cabinet has decided to administer vaccines against COVID-19 to all eligible citizens across the country by March next year.

Bal Krishna Khand (Home) and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki (Law) from NC and Janardan Sharma (Finance) and Pampha Bhusal (Energy) from Maoist Center to take oath of office and secrecy as ministers along with PM Deuba

KATHMANDU, July 13: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is set to become prime minister on Tuesday as per the Supreme Court order, is set to form a small cabinet.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Hours after the apex court issued mandamus in the name of the Office of the President to appoint him as new prime minister, Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has expedited consultation with the alliance partners to form a new government.

KATHMANDU, July 3: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has expedited consultations within his own faction of the NC as the party’s 14th General Convention scheduled for September 1-4 in Kathmandu is fast approaching.

KATHMANDU, July 2: The ruling CPN-UML has directed the party’s lawmakers of the dissolved parliament to withdraw their support to the writ petition filed by Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba at the Supreme Court.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that a new government ‘to be formed under his leadership’ would provide people with vaccines against the coronavirus disease at any cost.

KATHMANDU, June 26: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has alleged that President Bidya Devi Bhandari is acting like a cadre of Prime Minister K P Oli.

KATHMANDU, June 9: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the party's 14th general convention will be held within the scheduled date.

Opposition alliance mulling to impeach President Bhandari

KATHMANDU, May 13: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), which earlier decided to form a new government under its leadership, has concluded that the formation of an alternative government is not possible.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government was responsible for the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

KATHMANDU, May 8: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has announced to boycott the Constitutional Council meeting called by Prime Minister K P Oli. The CC meeting called for Sunday is expected to pick commissioners of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and other vacant positions in other constitutional bodies.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have reached an understanding to foil the bid of Prime Minister K P Oli to secure vote of confidence from parliament.

KATHMANDU, May 4: While concluding that the announcement of Prime Minister K P Oli to seek vote of confidence in the parliament is guided by a conspiracy to bypass the parliment, the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has decided to thwart any such conspiracy.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Nepali Congress President (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has demanded that the government announce relief packages for the workers and small traders hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, April 30: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), President Sher Bahadur Deuba has claimed that the decision of the government to enforce prohibitory order in Kathmandu for two weeks has increased the threat of further spreading the COVID-19 infection in districts that still have fewer cases of this viral disease.

KATHMANDU, April 7: The main opposition, Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has called a meeting of three political parties represented in the parliament for Friday to discuss about the formation of new government.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has stressed the need for reviewing the common agenda of education as guaranteed in the constitution. It is necessary to review education to resolve the related problems, he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a meeting of the federal representatives of Nepal Teachers' Association here on Saturday.

BIRATNAGAR, March 23: President of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), Sher Bahadur Deuba has made it clear that they will not join the government.

BARA, March 14: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Sunday said that the NC should bear the responsibility to give an outlet to the country from the political chaos.

KATHMANDU, March 9: President of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) held a meeting at the former’s Budhanilkantha-based residence on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today clarified that he was not in the race for a new prime minister.

RAUTAHAT, March 3: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur has said he has been making efforts to free suspended member of parliament, Mohammad Aftab Alam even as his case is sub judice.

KATHMANDU, March 3: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said he won’t shy away from the responsibility of holding the prime ministerial portfolio if such an opportunity arises in the country.

KATHMANDU, March 3: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has called its parliamentary party meeting on coming Friday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has summoned a meeting of its office-bearers this afternoon to discuss the evolving political situation after the Supreme Court reinstated the House of Representatives.

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has asked Prime Minister K P Oli to either prove the support of the majority of the 275-member parliament in his favor or step down from the post of prime minister.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that NC welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court to reinstate the parliament that was dissolved by Prime Minister K P Oli.

TRISHULI, Feb 19: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged all the cadres of his political party to gear up for the mid-term poll announced for coming April 30 and May 10 this year.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to hold the 14th general convention of the party from August 23.

Deuba urges EC to settle authenticity dispute of NCP at the earliest to facilitate the polls within the stipulated dates

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has urged all democrats to join their protest demonstrations to be organised against the ‘unconstitutional’ dissolution of the House of Representatives.

POKHARA, Jan 14: A helicopter carrying five leaders of the Nepali Congress including the party’s President Sher Bahadur Deuba made an emergency landing in Gorkha on Thursday due to foggy weather.

Deuba asks party cadres and others not to exert undue pressure from the streets to the court on sub judice case

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: President of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC), Sher Bahadur Deuba has tagged the Oli-led government as “a terrorist government”.

Deuba appeals to party rank and file to join mass protests against parliament dissolution on Monday

KATHMANDU, Dec 20:  President of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has termed the recent move of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli a path toward authoritarianism.

Sources claimed that Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana had conveyed a message to Baluwatar that he would not be able to attend the CC meeting today.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Sher Bahadur Deuba, president of the main opposition Nepali Congress, has strongly opposed the government's decision to introduce an ordinance to amend the Constitutional Council (Functions, Duties, Powers and Procedures) Act 2066 BS.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: The Constitutional Council (CC) meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been put off until further notice after Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Agni Sapkota decided not to attend the meeting.