PM KP Oli during a Cabinet meeting on Friday.
KATHMANDU: At a time when speculations are rife about Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister KP Oli has ruled out any such possibility.
During a Cabinet meeting at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Thursday afternoon, he directed the ministers to work without being guided by the rumors.
A Cabinet minister preferring anonymity told Khabarhub that the Prime Minister remarked that the rumors were circulated to disappoint the ministers and directed them to continue with their works.
It was reported that the Prime Minister is reshuffling his cabinet within a week.
“Do not run behind rumors and speculations,” the minister quoted Prime Minister Oli as telling the ministers.
The task force formed to resolve the long-standing intra-party feud of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has paved the way for Prime Minister Oli to reshuffle the cabinet to effectively executive the government activities before
the Standing Committee (SC) meeting.
With the Secretariat meeting’s decision on Thursday evening to take the party’s Vice Chairman to the National Assembly ended the possibility of Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada to continuity as the minister.
With this decision, two ministerial portfolios – the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology – are becoming vacant.
The Constitution of Nepal has laid down limitations not to appoint more than 25 including ministers, state ministers and assistant ministers. Only 22 ministers are now remaining following the resignation by Khatiwada.
With this, there are not more three vacant portfolios in the cabinet – the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the Ministry of Urban Development.