PM inducts 11 ministers from NC, Front, Maoist
Kathmandu: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai inducted 11 ministers in his consensus government cabinet on Saturday evening. The Prime Minister administered oath of office and secrecy to his newly appointed ministers amid a special function at the Presidents office in Sheetal Niwas.
The newly appointed ministers are from Maoist, Congress and Madheshi Front. UML has failed to recommend the names and is presently debating the issue.
On Saturday five ministers from the Maoists, two from the Congress and four from the Madheshi Front were inducted in the consensus cabinet.
From the Maoists, Naryan Kaji Shrestha, Posta Bahadur Bogati, Barsha Man Pun, Top Bahadur Raimajhi and Dinnath Sharma rejoined the government.
Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Surya Man Gurung from the Congress were inducted in the cabinet. Though Congress has been allocated four ministerial portfolios, it is yet to send the names of the remaining ministerial candidates due to internal controversy within the party.
From the Madheshi Front Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Hriydesh Tripati, Mahendra Yadav, Rajkishor Yadav have been inducted. All of them have retained their earlier portfolios. Gachhadar has been appointed as DPM and Home Minister, Tripati as minister for Physical Planning and Construction, Yadav as Minister for Communication and Information and Mahendra as Minister for Irrigations.
Though Rajendra Mahato from the Front party members has been appointed as Minister for Health, he will be sworn in the same post after he returns to the capital from Janakpurdham after concluding his party’s general convention.
Though the swearing ceremony was slated for five in the evening the swearing ceremony was done at 9 pm after names from the Congress party were delayed.
Meanwhile, UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal has promised the PM to send the party’s ministerial candidates by Monday.