Political crisis in Nepal: Supreme Court canceled the appointment of 20 cabinet ministers, only five ministers including PM left in the government
Political crisis has deepened once again in Nepal. In a major setback to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, the Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled the appointment of 20 cabinet ministers. These ministers were appointed by KP Sharma Oli. But the Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional.
A bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and Justice Prakash Kumar Dhungana, while pronouncing the verdict on Tuesday, said that the cabinet expansion after the dissolution of the House was unconstitutional. Therefore ministers cannot be removed from their duties. According to a news in Kathmandu Post, two deputy prime ministers Rajendra Mahato from Janata Samajwadi Party and Raghubir Mahaseth from Oli's CPN-UML party have lost their posts. Mahaseth was also the Finance Minister in the Oli government.
Five ministers left in Oli's cabinet
After this order of Nepal's top court, now only five ministers are left in Prime Minister Oli's cabinet including him. Only Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel, Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha, Physical Infrastructure Minister Basant Nembang and Law Minister Leelanath Shrestha are left in the government. On 7 June, six people had filed a petition against Oli's cabinet expansion. Senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi was also involved in this. He had demanded that the cabinet expansion decision should be canceled immediately.
Government in minority after trust vote
KP Sharma Oli, 69, had to face defeat in the no-confidence vote last month. After this his government was reduced to a minority. After this, on June 4 and 10, he expanded the cabinet and included 17 ministers. However, this decision was also criticized a lot. Three ministers of state were also appointed. The Supreme Court quashed the appointment citing Article 77(3). According to this, if the Prime Minister's Office falls vacant after the Prime Minister does not get the vote of confidence or the PM resigns, then the same cabinet will continue to function until another cabinet council is formed.