Kathmandu : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ had refused to reinstate Rashtriya Swatantra Party (RSP) President Rabi Lamichhane as the Home Minister of Nepal. After this, the RSP on Sunday decided to withdraw from the country’s ruling coalition. A decision to this effect was taken in a joint meeting of central members of RSP and MPs. Lamichhane (48) was elected from Chitwan-2 constituency in the elections in November last year. According to the news of the Kathmandu Post, he lost his membership of the Parliament after the decision of the Supreme Court of Nepal on 27 January.
The Supreme Court had said that the citizenship certificate he had submitted to contest the parliamentary elections was invalid. According to this newspaper, in such a situation, his post of minister and party president also went away because to hold these posts it is necessary for a person to be a Nepali citizen. According to this newspaper, on January 29, he got citizenship again and after that he met Prachanda and demanded that he be made the Home Minister again.
Lamichhane’s party had 20 seats
But the Prime Minister declined to do so, according to the newspaper. Lamichhane was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister on December 26 last year. Prior to that, his party, the RSP, had emerged as the fourth largest force in parliament, winning 20 seats in the federal election. Television personality Lamichhane hit the headlines in 2013 when he tried to create a Guinness World Record by hosting the longest talk show.
What will be the effect on Prachanda government?
Lamichhane told a press conference after the joint meeting of the Central Committee of the RSP that in the past also attempts were made to embroil him in many controversies but he was always successful in coming out of them. RSP’s decision to pull out of the coalition government will not make any difference to the political future of Prime Minister Prachanda. According to the newspaper, this is because even though the RSP has decided to recall its ministers, the party will continue to support this government.