Pokhrel Administered Oath as Chief Minister Again Amid Protest

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Sunday, May 2, 2021/Butwal-
Shankar Pokhrel has been administered oath as chief minister of Lumbini again amid protest.

Pokhrel took oath again as the Chief Minister at his residence on Sunday, as the opposition party alliance staged protest at the province assembly in Butwal.

A no-confidence motion was set to be tabled on Sunday afternoon at the Provincial Assembly.

Pokhrel had dramatically resigned earlier in the morning on the same day as the chief minister as he failed to grab majority.

While in the capital Kathmandu, amid the turmoil, an emergency meeting of the party’s Standing Committee was called by Oli.

The Prime Minister also visited Sheetal Niwas to meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Earlier in the day, with 41 seats with him, Pokhrel was in a bid to seek to form a new government as per Article 168 (1).

But a Provincial Assembly member, Bimala Khatri, decided to remain with Maoist Centre, thereby making Pokhrel one short of a majority in the existing 81-member assembly.

Khatri was elected to the Provincial Assembly on the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) ticket from Dang Constituency 3 (B) in a by-election held on November 30, 2019; after the sudden demise of her husband in an accident.

In a press statement issued on Sunday, Khatri said she decided to be with the Maoist Centre.

Meanwhile, CPN(Maoist Centre) parliamentarian Kul Bahadur KC has claimed to lead as the new Chief Minister saying his party had garnered the majority.

Amid tensions in the provincial assembly premises Nepali Congress Parliamentarian Nirmala Chetri was misbehaved by the DIG himself from the security side.

“Though we had asked for female police, the DIG forcefully lifted and threw me away,” Chetri informed angrily.