Kathmandu, Nepal, November 26, 2019: Samajwadi Party-Nepal (SPN) Chair Upendra Yadav has assumed charge of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MLJPA) without consulting his party on Monday even though most of the leaders of the party including another co-chair Dr. Baburam Bhattrai have been insisting for withdrawing support to the government.
As Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli changed not only Yadav’s ministerial portfolio but also sacked State Minister Surendra Yadav from the post without consulting with the party leader, it was believed that the SPN would withdraw support to the government lead by the Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
Since a meeting of SPN office bearers held on Friday concluded that the recent Cabinet reshuffle was against the norms of a coalition government, Yadav’s unilateral decision to take charge of the new ministry has sparked controversies’ within the party’s rank and file.
The change of Yadav’s portfolio and sacking of state minister was an indication that Primer Oli does not want SPN in the government. However, Yadav has termed that Prime Minister Oli would have given new ministerial portfolio by regarding his experience for the new ministry.
However, some political analysts have said that Yadav’s decision to accept humiliation was indicative of his declining political influence in the Madhes in particular and in the country in general.