The party has named Shrestha the deputy prime minister and minister for home, a position currently held by party leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
“It is only temporary arrangement. We will keep pressurizing other parties for the formation of a national consensus government as per the five-point deal,” Shrestha told Republica.
The CPN (Unity Centre-Masal) led by Shrestha merged with the Maoist party after the CA elections in 2008, and Shrestha was subsequently appointed the vice-chairman of the UCPN (Maoist).
Amik Sherchan and Lilamani Pokharel, who also joined the Maoist party from the Unity Centre-Masal, have, however, seriously objected to the party decision saying that reshuffling the cabinet at this time would be against the five-point deal signed just ahead of the second term extension of the CA.
The deal states that Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal would step down to pave way for the formation of a national consensus government.
Sherchan and Pokahrel are Shrestha´s rivals in the party and party insiders say that these two leaders were actually opposed to the decision to appoint Shrestha deputy prime minister and minister for home.
Along with party general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Shrestha has also currently teamed up with vice-chairmen duo Mohan Baidya and Dr Baburam Bhattarai to downsize Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and force him to share his executive powers with other leaders. Some 156 lawmakers from Baidya and Bhattarai factions have formally submitted a memorandum to Dahal to make the government inclusive.
Some other leaders in the party also objected to the party decision saying the selection of the new ministers was not proportional enough. Krishna Singh Danuwar and Ram Kumar Sharma, both of them from Madhes, argued that the tarai region has not been duly represented in the new selection of leaders.
The party also decided to appoint Dev Gurung, who is close to Baidya, as the chief whip, the position currently held by the nominee for Minister for Information and Communications Posta Bahadur Bogati.
Similarly, Kamala Roka, who is close to Dahal, will be the party whip while Khim Lal Devkota, who is close to Bhattarai, will work as the secretary of the parliamentary board.
The party has nominated 24 ministers -- 12 cabinet ministers and 12 state ministers. Among the cabinet ministers, Dahal and Baidya factions have got four ministries each and Bhattarai three.
Similarly, four women are cabinet ministers and five state ministers. The party has sent three ministers from the far-western region, two from Karnali region and three from Madhes.
Published on 2011-07-24 18:03:45