Dis­putes sur­face in NC over min­is­te­rial berths

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Dis­putes be­tween the two fac­tions of the Nepali Congress have deep­ened with the for­ma­tion of the present govern­ment un­der the CPN-Maoist Cen­tre's chair­man Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal in the back­ing of NC pres­i­dent Sher Ba­hadur Deuba. The NC has been un­able to name its min­is­ters to be in­ducted in the coun­cil of min­is­ters even 22 days af­ter the for­ma­tion of the govern­ment. Party pres­i­dent Deuba sent Bi­mal­en­dra Nidhi to lead the NC as Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs in the govern­ment. Ramesh Lekhak is another min­is­ter from NC ap­pointed with Nidhi. But the party, which has to send 11 other cab­i­net min­is­ters, has failed to send the min­is­ters as many as 150

lead­ers have been ask­ing Deuba to make them min­is­ters. As a re­sult, Prime Min­is­ter Da­hal ex­panded his cab­i­net last week in­duct­ing five min­is­ters and fours min­is­ters for states from only his party. But no min­is­ter from NC has been in­ducted. The party had the length­ened gen­eral con­ven­tion of the Nepal Stu­dents Union as an ex­cuse for the de­lay in nom­i­nat­ing the min­is­ters. But even af­ter the con­clu­sion of the NSU con­ven­tion the party did not send names of min­is­ters to PM Da­hal un­til Mon­day.

While scores of lead­ers close to Deuba have been claim­ing for the min­is­te­rial posts, the fac­tion led by Ram Chan­dra Poudel has been de­mand­ing a share of 40 per cent in the cab­i­net. Like­wise the Kr­ishna Si­taula fac­tion is ask­ing for two min­is­ters. Khum Ba­hadur Khadak has also been de­mand­ing min­is­ters for his men. If Deuba meets their de­mands, no leader from his camp could be­come min­is­ter. Also within the Deuba fac­tion, the lead­ers have been di­vided as ev­ery leader is show­ing their de­sire to be­come min­is­ter. Ar­jun Naras­ingh KC who re­jected to be­come min­is­ter when he was de­nied the port­fo­lio of the Home Min­istry has started ask­ing Deuba for the post of min­is­ter and Deuba has a plan to give him the port­fo­lio of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry. If the de­mands of both the Poudel and Khadka fac­tions are ig­nored, there is a dan­ger for Deuba of los­ing ma­jor­ity both in the cen­tral com­mit­tee and the par­lia­ment. They may not co­op­er­ate with Deuba when the time of form­ing an NC-led govern­ment comes. The rift in NC may also shorten the ten­ure of the Maoist-NC coali­tion govern­ment.

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