Communist Party leader Prachanda all set to become Nepal’s new Prime Minister
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda is all set to become the next Prime Minister of the country after he emerged as the sole candidate to file his candidature for the top post.
On Tuesday, the last day of filing nominations, Prachanda filed his candidature for the Prime Minister's post. It is likely that he will be declared the new PM of the Himalayan nation.
He filed his candidature papers at Parliamentary Secretariat backed by Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav, a prominent Madhesi leader.
Earlier, the second largest party in parliament, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), had decided to field a candidate but later the party decided not to.
Likewise, the agitating Sanghiya Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha has also supported Prachanda's candidature. Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party leader Sarbendra Nath Sukla and Sadbhawana Party leader Laxman Lal Karna have supported Prachanda's bid for the Prime Minister's post.
This will be his second come-back as Prime Minister. Earlier, Prachanda became the premier in 2008 and resigned after he failed in his attempt to sack the then Chief of the Army Staff Rukmangud Kutwal.
In the 595-member parliament, Prachanda will require 298 votes to win the election. The Maoist Centre, the third largest party with 82 seats in parliament, has the backing of the Nepali Congress, the largest party with 207 seats.
As per the time table for the election of the new premier set by the Parliament Secretariat, nominations should be filed between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the final list to be published at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The final election, if any, will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
With Agency Inputs