Kathmandu : Parliamentary Party leader of the CPN (UML), Lumbini Province, Leela Giri, has been appointed Chief Minister of the Province.
Lumbini Province Chief Amik Sherchan appointed Giri to the post in accordance with Article 168 (2) on Wednesday.
Giri was appointed the Chief Minister with the support of 58 province assembly members—seven political parties including CPN (UML) and two independent lawmakers. The ruling alliance had submitted its claim with the signatures of province assembly members of CPN (UML), CPN (Maoist Centre), Janata Samajbadi Party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Loktantratik Samajbadi Party, Nagarik Unmukti Party and two independent lawmakers before the Province Chief for the formation of government on Wednesday afternoon.
The CPN (UML) has 29 seats, CPN (Maoist Centre) 10 seats, Rastriya Prajatantra Party four, three seats each of JSP, LSP and Janamat Party, four of Nagarik Unmukti Party and two independent members.
There are 27 seats of Nepali Congress, three of LSP and one each of CPN (Unified Socialist) and Rastriya Janamorcha in the Lumbini Province Assembly.
Giri was elected from Rupandehi 2 (b) in the election held on November 20.
Newly appointed CM Giri is scheduled to take oath of office and secrecy at the capital of Lumbini Province, Deukhuri, on January 12.
CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairperson Madhav Kumar Nepal has said his party gave vote of confidence to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ with the hope and expectation that he would speed up the work of development construction and control corruption.
He however said his party gave vote of confidence setting 15-point condition. At a programme organised by the All Nepal National Independent Student Union, close to the CPN (Unified Socialist) here on Wednesday, Chairperson Nepal shared that he was hopeful that PM Dahal would carry out activities as per people’s expectation.
His party would continue its support to the government even by staying in opposition.
Nepal urged the Prime Minister to focus his attention to fulfill the commitments made before taking vote of confidence. The CPN (Unified Socialist) will always knock the government on the issues of nation, nationality and people’s livelihood, he added.
The CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairperson alerted PM Dahal to move ahead, keeping the spirit and sentiments of the Constitution in mind.