Leaders of Nepal-Khanal faction of ruling CPN-UML
KATHMANDU: As Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to take a vote of confidence on May 10, the CPN (Maoist Center) has already decided to vote against Oli.
There were 169 lawmakers when the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Center) were unified as the Nepal Communist Party (NCP). Out of 53 lawmakers, Maoist Center has taken action against four lawmakers.
The Nepal-Khanal faction is preparing to resign en-masse one day before the day Prime Minister Oli will take the vote of confidence, sources have claimed.
The Oli faction has been claiming that it has more than 90 lawmakers.
Out of 121 lawmakers in the ruling CPN-UML, the Nepal-Khanal faction has been claiming to have over 35 lawmakers.
The Nepal-Khanal faction is making preparations to resign en-masse without casting votes in favor of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, according to sources.
Prime Minister is hopeful of receiving votes from the Thakur-Mahato group of Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) while the Yadav-Bhattarai faction will not vote for him.
The Thakur-Mahato and the Yadav-Bhattarai factions have 17 lawmakers each.
Prime Minister Oli will garner 138 votes only when the Nepal-Khanal and the Thakur-Mahato groups cast votes in favor of him.
If both these factions do not vote for Oli, he will not secure even a simple majority. Oli requires at least 134 votes to keep the government intact.
In the 275-member House of Representatives (HoR), the UML has 121 lawmakers, Nepali Congress has 63 (two suspended), Maoist Center has 49 (four defected to CPN-UML), JSP has 34 (two suspended) and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP), Rastriya Janamorch (RJM), Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and Independent have one seat each.