Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli now requires support from the Maoists to secure a majority. The Left Alliance of the CPN-UML, led by Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre had in December secured 174 seats in the 275-member Parliament in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls.
The induction on Saturday would coincide with the dissolution of Parliament on Saturday. Deuba’s move comes despite a warning from the newly-formed Left alliance and the country’s chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
"My state visit has been successful in laying the foundation for further strengthening Nepal-India ties," Deuba told the lawmakers. He returned home last evening after concluding his maiden foreign visit since assuming the top executive post in June.
A similar fear is palpable also among certain sections in India that had played a key role in formulating the contentious agenda of the constitution, mainly secularism and republicanism, without following due process and letting the people have their say on these issues.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expanded his council of ministers to 50 including around 20 ministers of state, 12 from his Nepali Congress and eight from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists. The constitution puts a ceiling on 25 for the Council of Ministers.
After talks with Deuba, Modi stressed on closer cooperation between the security and defence forces of the two countries in order to avoid misuse of the open border between India and Nepal. “Defence ties and assistance in security is an important aspect of our partnership."