Cabinet expansion: Upendra Yadav may be in at cost of Kamal Thapa

  • Get News Alerts

Chances of Chairman of Federalist Socialist Forum (FSF) Upendra Yadav joining the government are increasing even as Chairman of the fourth largest party RPP--that had voted for Sher Bahadur Deuba in the election for prime minister (PM)--seems likely to remain outside the government as PM Deuba mulls Cabinet expansion.

A member of the task force of Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Center), that is currently working on government expansion, said preparations will be completed by Saturday and the Cabinet will be expanded on Sunday or Monday.

The ruling coalition, together since formation of the Pushpa Kamal Dahal government, has now kept the issue of constitution amendment on hold after pushing for that for a long time. The coalition now has done away with the strategy of including as many parties as possible in the government as it does not have the compulsion of having to garner two-third majority for passing the amendment bill.  

"We don't want to form a jumbo Cabinet including RPP as there is no chance of mustering two-third majority for passing the amendment bill," the member stated.

The government had stepped back from presenting the amendment bill for voting as RPP could not guarantee vote of all its 37 lawmakers in support of the bill. "We were prepared to bring RPP by giving them deputy PM if there were chances of passing the amendment bill with support of all 37 RPP lawmakers," the member added. "There are questions about relevance of bringing RPP in the government after the party could not unite in support of constitution amendment," the member revealed.

Second-rung leaders of NC and Maoist Center have advised Deuba and Dahal to not immediately bring RPP in the government. "The two top leaders also more or less concur," the member added.

The Pashupati Shumsher Rana faction of RPP has been lobbying hard to join the government. Rana met Deuba in person and asked him to bring RPP in even without giving DPM. A Baluwatar source said Deuba has not made final decision about whether to bring RPP in or not due to the intense lobbying of the Rana faction.

The two ruling parties, however, seem ready to include FSF in the cabinet if its chairman Yadav were to join the government like he had told the parties a few weeks back. "We were ready to even make him DPM," the member of the task force stated.

Yadav had stepped back after Deuba and Dahal two weeks back decided to move constitution amendment forward by keeping Cabinet expansion on hold. Some in FSF had also opined it would be detrimental to the party to join the government before the third phase of polls.

"The situation has changed now. There is no immediate chance of constitution amendment. The chance of FSF joining the government has again increased in this situation," the member explained. It will also be easier for Yadav to join the government now that the chances of Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) Nepal taking part in the third phase of polls scheduled for September 18 have increased.

FSF has already participated in the first and second phase of local polls. RJP had been calling it traitor for taking part in the election by abandoning the agenda of Madhes. He will not have to face the accusations in the third phase were RJP to participate even without constitution amendment, and can instead claim that RJP's policy of boycotting election was wrong.

Yadav is ready to join the government if he were to get the ministry of his choice in this changed scenario. Deuba seems ready to give three ministries to FSF but there has yet to be any agreement on the ministries that the party will be given.


More News

  • Election fever grips Parbat

    Election fever grips Parbat All political parties have accelerated preparations for the upcoming elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies in Parbat district.

  • SC order helps election management: EC

    SC order helps election management: EC Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has urged all voters not to doubt on the scheduled date of the elections. During a press meet organized Wednesday, CEC Yadav said, "EC is confirmed the elections of the House of Representatives and of provincial parliament will be held on the slated date. EC also hopes all sides' cooperation to make the elections free, fair and credible."

  • Dr KC breaks fast after 10-point agreement with govt

    Dr KC breaks fast after 10-point agreement with govt Dr Govinda KC has ended his 14th fast unto death on the 14th day Wednesday evening after signing a 10-point agreement with the government. The government will bring medical education law through an ordinance to address Dr KC's demands as per the agreement signed in presence of education and health ministers.

  • Govt committed to timely elections: Minister Bishwakarma

    Commerce Minister Min Bahadur Bishwakarma has said the government would, at any cost, conduct the elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies on time.

  • RPP in government for ensuring election: DPM Thapa

    RPP in government for ensuring election: DPM Thapa Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Kamal Thapa has said the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has joined the government for ensuring the election.


  • Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates

    Not all, but many of the temporary teachers who have been wishing to become permanent, no doubt, appointed on the basis of their political ideologies. They couldn't succeed in the examinations despite repeated attempts. They carried the bags of those parties during their teaching career.

    Manoj Sapkota

  • The Doklam dilemma The Doklam dilemma

    Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.

    Gaurab Shumsher Thapa


  • To dogs, with love To dogs, with love

    Many find talking about basic animal rights stupid when no basic rights of people are guaranteed. However, there are still few people who are aware how humane behavior has turned toward cruelty and indifference which can be vividly seen through the way street dogs and other animals are abused around us.

    Sujita Shrestha

  • Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance

    Although they seem to be very much communist while in opposition, whether about the 'Indian semi-colonial status' in Nepal or American hegemony, this has never been evident while they actually come into power and rule Nepal.

    Dr Chandra Sharma Poudyal

Readers Column

  • What we need to learn from Thailand?

    Thailand is a developing country. But it seemed like a developed country at first sight. It is hard to believe that Thailand is a developing country. There are big buildings, and clean and broad roads. The city is clean with no trace of pollution.

  • Traffic Police in Kathmandu

    As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.