First meeting of CJ-led cabinet decides to stop distribution of state money; outgoing PM thanked all for supporting him

KATHMANDU: The first meeting of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi-led interim election cabinet on Thursday decided to stop the distribution of state benefits.

As per the decision of the three-member cabinet, state largesse will not be distributed to anybody without formulating clear guidelines. Meanwhile the government has also expressed commitment to hold the Constituent Assembly elections in a free and fair manner and on time and has called upon all the political parties, civil society and the general public to create an atmosphere for the same.

Similarly the meeting also directed the chief secretary and secretaries to ensure smooth supply of petroleum products. It has also directed the ministries to furnish their progress report along with future plan of action

Although the CJ Regmi has assumed the top post of the Country but he did not resign from the top judicial post. Despite the legal provision that a single person could not hold the two positions of the government he had not resigned from his post. Similarly outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai did not announce his resignation from the post.

Ever since the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in June last year, opposition parties, including Nepali Congress and UML had been demanding that Baburam Bhattarai put in his papers at the earliest. Similarly, a section of Nepali Congress and CPN UML along with Nepal Bar Association, the umbrella organization of legal practitioners had been demanding that Regmi relinquish his judicial powers before assuming the post of head of the executive (government). However, this has not happened as both men do not want to show that they have been defeated.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai has thanked everyone who had supported him during his tenure as a prime minister. “Now I am a free citizen. Thank you everybody who stood besides me during the last 18 months and 18 days,” Bhattarai tweeted this morning. Bhattarai left the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar after Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi was sworn in as the head of Interim Election Government. He was elected as the prime minister on 28th August, 2011.

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