Nepal Election 2022: Nearly half a dozen leaders of the Nepali Congress, which emerged as the largest party in Nepal’s parliamentary elections, have expressed their desire to become the country’s next prime minister. There is increasing pressure in the party to transfer the leadership to the younger generation. Leaders of the ruling five-party coalition have stepped up efforts to form a new government and it may take a few more days to announce the final results of the November 20 elections to the House of Representatives and seven provincial assemblies.
According to ‘My Republica’ newspaper, the Nepali Congress has so far won 53 seats under the direct voting system. About half a dozen leaders of the party have expressed their desire to become the next prime minister. Till now the results of 158 seats have been declared. The Nepali Congress-led ruling coalition is inching towards a clear majority and is close to forming a new government. The counting of votes is almost over and the results of six seats are yet to be declared. Any party would need at least 138 seats for a majority in the 275-member House.
Will discuss on government formation at central and provincial level
Prime Minister and President of Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba discussed the issue of government formation with Chairman of Maoist Center Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Chief of Unified Socialist Party Madhav Kumar Nepal. After discussions with Prachanda and Nepal, Deuba agreed to maintain the existing alliance and move forward by including other parties.
Sources claimed that top leaders of all the three parties said that the election coordination was partially successful in the recently concluded elections. He also claimed that there is a consensus among the leaders that after the election results, they will discuss the issue of government formation at the central and provincial levels.
With the continuation of the existing alliance, the possibility of 76-year-old Deuba becoming the Prime Minister again is considered strong. He can be elected the leader of the Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party. However, Ramchandra Paudel (78), Prakash Man Singh (66), Shashank Koirala (64) and 46-year-old party general secretary Gagan Kumar Thapa from the same party may challenge Deuba’s bid to become prime minister for the sixth time.
Thapa has publicly announced that he will run for election as leader of the parliamentary party after the final announcement of the election results. Paudel and Singh met Madhav Kumar Nepal and UML President KP Oli and discussed other issues including the formation of the new government.
Poudel said – his leadership is necessary for the country
Sources claimed that in a meeting with Unified Socialist President Madhav Kumar Nepal on Monday, Paudel sought his support to head the new government. He also talked to Prime Minister Deuba and former Vice President of Nepali Congress Bimalendra Nidhi. Projecting himself as the next prime minister, Singh is saying that he has risen to number two in the party by working from the grassroots.
After winning Deuba’s trust, Singh, who is in favor of taking over the leadership, had met UML President Oli on Sunday. Former General Secretary Shashank Koirala has claimed that he will become the next Prime Minister. Similarly, Nepali Congress Vice President Purna Bahadur Khadka has not publicly talked about being in the race for the post of Prime Minister, but is telling his close people that he will lead the party and the government after Deuba.
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