Turmoil in another partner of Nepal’s ruling coalition
Utpal Parashar, London (HT): Nepal’s caretaker government headed by Baburam Bhattarai suffered another jolt on Sunday due to fresh trouble in another Madhesi partner of the ruling coalition.
Information and communications minister Raj Kishore Yadav was sacked from the post of acting chairman of Madhesi Peoples’
Rights Forum (Republican) by central committee members of the party.
Informing the Election Commission of the development, the members have stated that senior leader Nandan Kumar Dutta has been assigned that post with immediate effect.
The members said the minister had failed to take other party leaders into confidence before taking major decisions. Yadav had assumed the post in February after party chairman JP Gupta was jailed on corruption charges. The party is an important partner of the Maoist-Madhesi coalition.
“Yadav’s removal has the support of Gupta as well. The minister has been removed from the central committee too,” said Rajlal Yadav, a senior MPRF (R) leader. Though the development would not affect the government, it is the third shock in less than a month after splits in Bhattarai’s party, Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), and ally Madhesi Peoples’ Rights Forum (Democratic).
Accusing PM and party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of digressing from the party’s objectives, Maoist hardliners led by Mohan Baidya had formed the Communist Party of Nepal, Maoist last month.
Differences with MPRF (D) chairman Bijay Kumar Gachchadar had led over a dozen senior leaders to split the second biggest party in the coalition to form a new outfit.