Nepal’s biggest Maoist party asked Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to resign within 3 pm on Wednesday, a day after it withdrew support to his nine-month old government.
Meanwhile, Nepali Congress, the biggest opposition party in parliament, decided to support Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, the leader of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) , for prime minister.
A parliamentary committee meeting of CPN (MC) decided that if Oli fails to leave office within the deadline, the party will bring a no-confidence motion against him.
“Since the government has been reduced to a minority, Oli should resign and make way for the next government,” CPN (MC) spokesperson Pampha Bhusal told journalists.
CPN (MC), the second biggest party in the ruling coalition, had withdrawn support alleging the government’s insincerity in implementing agreements signed by Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) with it.
The two agreements on power sharing and implementation of the constitution were signed between both parties in May after Maoists threatened to oust Oli from office.
The central working committee of Nepali Congress approved a seven-point power sharing deal with CPN (MC) and agreed to bring a no-confidence motion against Oli if he failed to resign from his post.
Despite growing clamour for his resignation, the prime minister is unlikely to give up his post. Sources close to Oli said he would rather face a no-confidence vote in parliament than resign.
Though Oli has support of other parties in the coalition, their total votes add up to 252 while the CPN (MC) and NC combination has 342 votes, much higher than the 298 votes needed to prove majority.