A big con­sti­tu­tional joke on ex­ec­u­tive power

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

Prime Min­is­ter Sher-Ba­hadur-Deuba has made the record of mak­ing the largest ever cabi­net of 64 min­is­ters in the his­tory of this na­tion. But this is his com­pul­sion. The con­sti­tu­tion de­fines that a prime min­is­ter is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the na­tion hav­ing ex­ces­sive power. It is funny to note that such a pow­er­ful prime min­is­ter can­not dis­miss his own min­is­ters. In the Prime Min­is­te­rial sys­tem, the prime min­is­ter will be the ex­ec­u­tive chief and the min­is­ters' job is to help the prime min­is­ter in con­duct­ing daily af­fairs. In the Nepali case, the prime min­is­ter is so weak that he even can­not dis­miss any of his min­is­ters. When Maoist Cen­ter de­vel­oped an elec­tion al­liance with the main op­po­si­tion party UML, morally too, the Maoist min­is­ters can­not stay in the govern­ment. Fur­ther­more, the Maoist min­is­ters were look­ing af­ter the key min­istries in­clud­ing Home port­fo­lio, which is di­rectly at­tached with the se­cu­rity or­gans. Ob­vi­ously, the Prime Min­is­ter can­not make suc­cess of the elec­tions if there will be se­cu­rity lapses. There­fore, such im­por­tant port­fo­lios should be kept with the min­is­ter who is con­fi­dant to the Prime Min­is­ter. The Maoist min­is­ters were hang­ing on power by say­ing that they would quit the min­is­te­rial po­si­tion only af­ter they are as­sured of timely elec­tions. So far, by us­ing his pre­rog­a­tive, the PM has made all Maoist min­is­ter as the min­is­ters with­out port­fo­lio. Such type of funny drama can be wit­nessed only in Nepali pol­i­tics.

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