Bagmati Province Chief Minister Ashta Laxmi Shakya. (File photo)
KATHMANDU: Chief Minister Ashta Laxmi Shakya is in the minority after 12 lawmakers of the CPN-UML in Bagmati decided to join the CPN Unified Socialist Party.
There were 56 lawmakers, including Speaker, in the UML in the 109-member Bagmati Province Assembly (PA). Shakya was appointed as the chief minister getting then CM Dor Mani Poudel to resign after she agreed to stay in UML deserting senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal group.
However, after the split of the parent party UML, the number of UML lawmakers in Bagmati PA has dropped to 44 with 12 choosing Nepal’s Unified Socialist Party,.
The support of 55 lawmakers is needed to form the government in the province. Now CM Shakya has only 44 members to support her.