UML, Sadhawana decide to pull out of govt.May 3rd, 2009 - 10:36 pm ICT by ANI
Kathmandu, May 3 (ANI): Facing widespread criticism from various political parties over sacking of Army Chief, the ruling Maoist-led government suffered a further setback when one of its five-coalition partners, Sadbhawana Party, also decided to pull out of the Maoist-led government
The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) had already decided to pull out of the Maoist-led government earlier in the day in opposition to the latter’s unilateral decision to sack Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal, a Nepal News report stated.
In the evening, Ministers representing the UML resigned from their positions following the party decision.
Leader of the UML team in the government Bam Dev Gautam tendered resignations on behalf of all six ministers representing the party.
Earlier, an emergency meeting of the party’s standing committee held over the cabinet decision to sack the army chief Sunday afternoon, decided to call back its ministers from the government and withdraw its support to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Party general secretary Ishwor Pokharel told media that the party had decided to quit the government and withdraw its support to the Maoists for taking unilateral decisions one after the other violating the accord of taking decisions of national importance with a consensus.
A time has come to forge a new alliance of all parties with a national consensus, Pokharel said.
Sadbhawana party has also decided to pull out of the government. The chairman of the party and Minister for Industry and Commerce Rajendra Mahato told journalists after meeting President Ram Baran Yadav Sunday evening his party had quit the government. He had gone to meet the President in a private vehicle. (ANI)
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