SSF-N to join govt only after charter amendment deal

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 19, 2018-

A meeting of the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal working committee on Sunday decided to join the government only after a written agreement with the left alliance on constitution amendment.

Since the party’s entry into the Cabinet without a clear deal would give room for the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal to criticise it, leaders say the SSF-N needs a face-saving pact for being a part of KP Sharma Oli-led government.

Sources claimed that PM Oli’s latest engagements with RJP-N leaders with an aim to take the party on board have irked SSF-N leaders.

Earlier, SSF-N Co-chairman Rajendra Shrestha had said everything was set for the party to sign an agreement with the ruling alliance. But now leaders of the Madhes-based party say they need clarification of the term “necessity and significance” that Oli and CPN-UML leaders present as the basis for amending the constitution.

After the UML, which long maintained a tough stance against charter revision, became ready in principle for constitution amendment, the SSF-N had decided to join the government.

However, the ruling coalition of the UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) failed to sign the agreement with the SSF-N for bringing the party in when Oli extended the Cabinet on Friday.

“Most probably, the SSF-N will hold talks with ruling party leaders including Prime Minister Oli on Monday to sort the issues,” said Ranadhwoj Kandangwa, general secretary of the SSF-N.

SSF-N Chairman Upendra Yadav or Co-chair Shrestha is tipped to lead the three-member party team in the Cabinet. Party leaders have demanded that one top leader should remain out of the government for handling the party and its parliamentary affairs.

Since PM Oli, SSF-N leaders claimed, had already agreed to give Yadav the second Cabinet rank, he could lead the party team in the government. Party leaders, however, said they have not discussed other ministerial candidates.

PM Oli has allocated two ministries to the SSF-N besides a state minister’s 

post, as agreed with the party earlier.

Published: 19-03-2018 07:20

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