PM striving to form mini-cabinet today

OLI, PAUDEL STILL WORKING TO FOIL KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has intensified talks to form a mini cabinet by Friday evening sources near the PM informed.

According to the latest information leaked from the PM’s residence, the new national unity cabinet will comprise of 21 members with four members each from Maoist, Congress, UML and Madheshi Front and four from other fringe parties.  The cabinet won’t have any state ministers.

According to sources parties have intensified internal discussions to finalize the lists of members in the cabinet.

Nepali Congress is presently mired with internal controversy between K P Sitauala and the Paudel backed Dr Ram Ram Sharan Mahat. Though Sitaula was decided to represent the party in the government, lately the leadership is mulling on replacing him Mahat after the Paudel faction intensified protests within the party.

Meanwhile most of the UML Central Committee members have pressurized the leadership for not participating in the government under Bhattarai’s leadership.

The K P Oli faction has claimed that participating in the government formed earlier on majority basis would be against the interest of the party.

Majority of the members of the party’s Central Committee held at the party office on Thursday rolled out suggestions to that effect. With the suggestion, fueled by Oli faction, UML has landed at cross roads in finalizing the names of its candidates.

Meanwhile Bijay Kumar Gachhadar is reported to be retaining his Deputy Prime Minister’s post and is also expected to be given the Physical Planning and Construction ministerial portfolio while Hyridesh Tripati will be given the portfolio of Law Ministry.

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