Two deputy prime ministers are also among those who lost their posts due to the decision of the Supreme Court. Among them, Rajendra Mahato of Janata Samajwadi Party and Raghubir Mahaseth of Oli’s CPN-UML were made deputy prime ministers. Mahaseth was also made foreign minister by KP Oli.
Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- The appointment was made after the dissolution of Parliament
- 2 Deputy Prime Ministers also went to the chair
- Now only 5 ministers left in Oli cabinet
Political crisis has deepened once again in Nepal. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court canceled the appointment of 20 ministers of the all-rounded Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli cabinet. The court said that his cabinet expansion after the dissolution of Parliament is illegal. The court has declared these appointments unconstitutional. The Kathmandu Post has reported that a division bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and Justice Prakash Kumar Dhungana said that the cabinet expansion after the dissolution of the House is unconstitutional and hence the minister cannot discharge his duty. Two deputy prime ministers are also among those who lost their posts due to the decision of the Supreme Court. Among them, Rajendra Mahato of Janata Samajwadi Party and Raghubir Mahaseth of Oli’s CPN-UML were made deputy prime ministers. Mahaseth was also made foreign minister by KP Oli.
5 ministers left after the verdict
After the decision of the Supreme Court, now five ministers including the Prime Minister are left in the KP Oli cabinet. The remaining ministers include Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel, Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha, Manufacturing Minister Basant Nembang and Law Minister Leelanath Shrestha. On June 7, the court gave its verdict on the petitions filed by six persons, including senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi. The petition urged that the cabinet expansion done by the caretaker government be canceled. Oli, 69, has been running a minority government since he lost the trust vote in Parliament last month. He expanded the cabinet on June 4 and June 10 in the midst of a political crisis and included 17 ministers. Three ministers of state were also appointed.
Law experts say that the Supreme Court has issued an interim order not allowing ministers to work after the dissolution of the House. It was told in the news that the Supreme Court has cited Article 77(3) in its decision to cancel the appointments. According to this, if the post of Prime Minister falls vacant after the Prime Minister cannot win the trust vote or resigns, then the same Council of Ministers will continue to function till the next cabinet is formed. The petitioners had told the Supreme Court that since the government has been left in a caretaker position after the announcement of the elections, the Constitution does not allow such a prime minister to appoint new ministers.
First Published : 23 Jun 2021, 08:02:10 AM