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President administers oath to RPP ministers
Oct 15, 2017-
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Saturday administered the oath of office and secrecy to newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, and three other RPP leaders—Jayanta Chand, Dilnath Giri and Bikram Bahadur Thapa.
The oath of the newly inducted ministers took place amid confusion and widespread criticism, as Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had appointed them and other three RPP leaders as state ministers on Friday, just a day before the scheduled dissolution of Parliament. PM Deuba’s move of expanding his Cabinet also came hours after he signed a commitment paper at the Election Commission (EC), saying the government and his party would abide by the poll code of conduct.
It is learnt that the Office of the President started preparing for administering for the oath to new ministers only after EC officials told President Bidya Devi Bhandari that the Cabinet expansion would not affect polls. “There is no link between the Cabinet expansion and upcoming elections,” said Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav after meeting President Bhandari. “Election code of conduct has been put in place to hold polls in a free and fair manner. This is not the first time the Cabinet has been expanded when the poll code is already in place. Our concern is holding polls on time,” he said.
Newly inducted DPM Thapa, who is eyeing the Home Ministry currently held by the CPN (Maoist Centre), said that his party joined the Deuba government to save it from falling into minority in the wake of a left alliance formed by the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre).
“We decided to bring the RPP on board after learning that UML and Maoist leaders were trying to bring it and the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal into their fold to topple the government,” said Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi. (PR)
Published: 15-10-2017 07:51