Paudel left alone in his no-confidence motion

KATHMANDU: Sher Bahadur Deuba aligned lawmakers of Nepali Congress (NC) has foiled Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Paudel’s bid to topple the Bhattarai-led government.

Paudel has summoned the PP meet with an objective to collect signature of the members to summon the special session of the House and thereby register the no-confidence motion against the government on Wednesday.

Members associated with the Deuba camp warned Paudel of in cooperation in the bid which thwarted Paudel’s initiative to bring down Bhattarai and form another government in party’s leadership and by extension in his own leadership.

Speaking in the meeting, Deuba denied to cooperate in the bid stating that the issue was not discussed and endorsed by the party .

Most lawmakers argued that such a move at this critical juncture would derail the process to promulgate the new constitution and thereby posit Congress as a party seeking power instead of promulgating the constitution. They further urged Paudel, who had collected signatures of two dozens lawmakers, to adopt restrain.

According to parliamentary regulations, the government has to summon the special session of the House within 15 days, one fourth of the total lawmakers urged for it.

The no-confidence motion has brought more misery to Paudel as he has lost the backing of President Sushil Koirala. Except some lawmakers who grace Paudel and Ram Sharan Mahat, lawmakers aligned with Koirala and Deuba have criticized the bid and denied to push to topple the government.

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