Madhesi partner of Nepal’s ruling coalition splits
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, December 31, 2010
First Published: 15:52 IST(31/12/2010)
Last Updated: 15:57 IST(31/12/2010)
A Madhes-based party belonging to the ruling coalition in Nepal split in two on Friday.
Nine members of Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party, which has 20 members in Nepal’s parliament, formed a separate outfit called Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party (Nepal).
TMLP is the fourth largest party in the ruling coalition after Nepali Congress (114), Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (107) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (28).
The breakaway faction led by industry minister Mahendra Prasad Yadav met speaker Subhash Nemwang and announced the decision to split.
“We parted ways with TMLP as it failed to protect interests of Madhes and also due to president Mahanta Thakur’s failure to practice collective leadership,” Nepalnews.com quoted Arvind Sah, a lawmaker belonging to the breakaway faction.
According to Parliament Act, 40% lawmakers belonging to a party can form a new outfit after splitting from it.
Friday’s development has further weakened unity among the various Madhes-based parties belonging to Nepal’s Terai region.
Earlier, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) and Nepal Sadbhawana Party had also witnessed splits.