News Digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (October 7 – 20, 2021)

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Governance

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s cabinet has acquired shape after three months of its formation. The full list of ministers is attached here.

Gajendra Hamal was appointed as minister for industry, commerce and supplies. However, critics claimed that his appointment was made inappropriately from the quota of the Chief Justice and also in exchange for his verdict in July which facilitated cabinet expansion, hence, Hamal resigned two days after his appointment.

Early elections in April-May 2022 instead of November-December 2022 is possible if the prime minister dissolves the House, however, this move is uncertain since agreement between political parties cannot be ascertained.

The government has withdrawn the Railway Bill and the Federal Civil Service Bill.

CPN (UML)

The main opposition party CPN (UML) asked for the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament, claiming that the main opposition should get the chairperson of the committee according to parliamentary tradition around the world and Nepal’s own practice.

CPN-UML is scheduled to hold party conventions in wards across the country on October 20 at the lower level of the party for the chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and two deputy secretaries and members.

CPN-UML central member Bhanubhakta Joshi left the party and joined CPN (Unified Socialist).

CPN (Unified Socialist)

CPN (Unified Socialist) gave up its demand for the defence ministry after Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Pushpa Kamal Dahal agreed to help the party secure chief minister positions in Province 1 and Bagmati Province.

The CPN (Unified Socialist) is set to get two chief ministers.

Nepali Congress

Nepali Congress 14th general convention scheduled for November 25-29 may be delayed as some districts are yet to hold general conventions.

Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP)

In a power sharing deal, the ruling alliance has decided to give the post of deputy Speaker, which has been vacant for nearly two years, to Janata Samajbadi Party in exchange for the position of minister of state.

Biplav

Home Minister Bal Krishna Khan has taken initiative to implement the agreement reached between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand Biplav.

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