Surkhet, October 23
The Nepal Communist Party’s parliamentary party committee in Karnali has rejected a no-confidence motion registered against the party leader, Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi.
In voting held during the party meeting in Surkhet today, 18 lawmakers cast votes against the motion whereas no one voted in favour, according to CM Shahi’s press advisor Dhruva Budhathoki. Lawmakers close to Yam Lal Kandel, who led the no-confidence motion, had boycotted the meeting today.
Despite their boycott, 18 votes were sufficient to reject the motion as it was more than 50 per cent of the total number of lawmakers of the party in the Provincial Assembly.
The motion registered by 18 lawmakers of the party had faltered after seven lawmakers in the party agreed to withdraw from it. With their withdrawal, lawmakers close to Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal were against the motion whereas those close to KP Sharma Oli still wanted to continue with it.
The central leadership of the party had interfered in the dispute and tried to settle it but failed as two chairpersons–Dahal and Oli–could not agree with each other. Instead, the dispute pushed Madhav Kumar Nepal away from Oli and closer to Dahal.