KATHMANDU, March 1: Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, who became Prime Minister with the support of seven parties including the UML, has now become Prime Minister of an eight-party alliance. Prime Minister Prachanda joined the eight-party coalition on February 25, just one day before the presidential nomination.
Although Prime Minister Prachanda is the Prime Minister of the eight-party coalition, there are only two parties in government. Only the Maoist center and the Janamat Party are in government at the moment.
With the change in the balance of power due to the presidential election, there are only two parties in government. After the Maoist-led government joined the Congress-led coalition, the partner parties of the coalition formed on December 25, CPN-UML, Rashtriya Swatantra Party and Rashtriya Prajatantra Party left the government, leaving only 2 parties in government. The UML-led coalition formed on December 25 included the Maoist Center, Rashtriya Swatantra Party (RSP), Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), Janamat Party and Nagarik Unmukti Party.
In the current equation, there are the Congress, the Maoist Center, the United Socialist, the JSP, the LSP, the Janamat Party, the Nagarik Unmukti Party and the Rashtriya Janamorcha.
With the political equation changing, Prime Minister Prachanda is preparing to receive another vote of confidence from parliament and reshuffle the cabinet. But as the presidential election is due to take place on March 9, Prime Minister Prachanda plans to give a vote of confidence and reshuffle the cabinet only after that.