In a controversial move, 22 leaders of the Oli-led CPN-UML party had voted in favor of PM Sher Bahadur Deuba during the vote of confidence motion in the first meeting of the reinstated Parliament on Sunday evening.
Interestingly, these 22 UML lawmakers included eight leaders close to former PM KP Sharm Oli.
Here is the list of UML leaders who voted in favor of PM Deuba:
|Madhav Kumar Nepal||Hira KC||Bina Budhathoki|
|Bhawani Khapung||Nira Devi Jairu||Sarala Yadav|
|Mukunda Neupane||Krishna Kumar Shrestha Kisan||Pushpa Kumari Karna|
|Birod Khatiwada||Gopal Bam||Kalila Khatun|
|Jiwan Ram Shrestha||Prem Bahadur Ale||Samina Husain|
|Kalyani Khadka||Laxmi Chaudhary||Krishna Lal Maharjan|
|Metmani Chaudhary||Ram Kumari Jhankri||–|
|Parbati Bishunkhe||Dhan Bahadur Budha||–|
Expressing serious concerns over the decision of the party members to defy the party’s original decision, the CPN-UML has asked the 22 lawmakers to submit clarification.
A Central Committee(CC) meeting of the party held on Monday made the decision to this effect.
“The meeting today has asked the lawmakers, who voted for NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba to submit clarification within 24 hours. The party will further take action against them,” said CPN-UML.
Meanwhile, at least nine leaders in the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction had walked out of the Parliament even though the Nepal-led faction earlier announced its support to PM Deuba.
Claiming that the decision of the Mahantha Thakur-led faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) to vote in favor of Deuba was an ‘immoral’ act, the lawmakers argued that they would not take part in such a floor test.
PM Deuba won an overwhelming majority of votes in the floor test. Of the total 249 lawmakers present in the HoR meeting, Deuba won 165 votes.
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