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Let down

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is losing support from friends while opponents have made their voices stronger. We have a list of parties who have added their voice to the opposition.

Those who have withdrawn their support:

Nepali Sadbhavana Party (Anandadebi) – The party has accused that the government failed to forge a national political consensus.  With this, Madhav Kumar Nepal’s government loses a two-seat support of NSP-A. (Kantipur)

Those threatening to withdraw support:

Nepal Sadbhavana Party – [Supply minister and chairman of the party] Rajendra Mahato said his party might quit the government and launch agitations to build pressure for implementation of the 8-point agreement between the government and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), an alliance of the agitating Madhesi parties, if the government failed start work in this direction right away. (Nepalnews)

Those threatening a no-confidence vote:

UCPN (Maoist) – The Maoist chief, speaking to journalists at his residence, said a majority of CPN-UML Constituent Assembly (CA) members might ask the prime minister to step down. “If that does not happen, we will table a no-confidence motion,” said Dahal. (The Kathmandu Post)

Madhesi Janadhikar Forum – [MJF Chairman] Upendra Yadav on Sunday said his party would topple the government through House voting if Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal did not tender his resignation. (Republica)

Those voicing oppostion but are in the minority to make a difference:

Dissident members of Nepali Congress – Two lawmakers — Kumar Rai and Keshav Kumar Budhathoki — also demanded dissolution of the government and formation of a new one under the NC´s leadership.

They argued that it won’t serve any good for the party to stick to the UML-led government since it has utterly failed to deliver. “The image of the party has tarnished because of the already stinking government,” a participant quoted them as saying. (Republica)

NC Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel has said the party’s support for the government “remains intact.”

In the face of all this, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal explained today that he has tried really hard to keep the coalition government intact. So much so that he agreed to give the contract for the machine readable passports to India just to please other parties, notably Nepali Congress.

Nepalnews writes:

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said, the contract for printing Machine-Readable Passports (MRP)s was given to India due to political pressure in Nepal and Nepal’s close diplomatic ties with India, on Monday.

Answering lawmakers’ questions at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the parliament Monday morning PM Nepal said, it was necessary to give the contract for printing MRPs to India to protect the present coalition from falling apart, hinting at the adamant stance foreign minister Sujata Koirala took in the case.

Keep watching this space.

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