Former PM Bhattarai suggests mid-term elections in Koshi Province


July 30, 2023


Former PM Bhattarai suggests mid-term elections in Koshi Province

Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. (File photo/Khabarhub)

KATHMANDU: Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, the former Prime Minister and Chairman of Nepal Samajwadi Party, has proposed mid-term elections for Koshi province.

In a social media post on Sunday morning, he expressed his belief that opting for mid-term elections would be a more suitable approach rather than succumbing to the demands of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) to form a government.

Bhattarai emphasized the importance of either forming a coalition government with parties that support the current Constitution’s principles or holding mid-term elections.

The ruling coalition, meanwhile, is exploring various possibilities to form a government in Koshi Province.

Both the ruling coalition and the CPN-UML have, however, failed to secure a majority (support of 47 provincial assembly members).

As a result, three options are being considered by the ruling coalition.

The first option involves forming a new government with the largest party in the parliament, which is currently the CPN-UML.

The ruling alliance, comprising the Congress and the Maoists, is attempting to prevent the formation of a government under the CPN-UML’s leadership.

As a second option, they are seeking the support of the RPP, a party seen as crucial in determining the government’s formation.

Bhakti Prasad Sitaula, the leader of the RPP’s Koshi Province Parliamentary Party, has confirmed ongoing discussions with various parties, but no final decision has been reached yet.