Kathmandu, October 11
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is preparing to sack four ministers representing the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal (JSPN) after the party left the ruling alliance and partnered with the CPN-UML for the November 20 elections.
Dissatisfied with the sharing of constituencies among the ruling parties, the Upendra Yadav-led party approached the main opposition and ended up forming an alliance on the eve of the nomination of candidacies this Sunday.
As the party is reluctant to call back the ministers and they are unwilling to resign, the prime minister is preparing to sack them as there is no point keeping the opposition leaders in the cabinet, according to a leader close to him.
Prime Minister Deuba is meeting leaders of the other members of his coalition before making the final decision.
Although Deuba is sacking the JSPN ministers, he cannot appoint new ones to replace them as a Supreme Court order has barred the prime minister from inducting new ministers in the caretaker government when the parliament is not in existence.