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Rift surfaces between two ruling parties, after PM denies Maoists demand to induct new ministers in the cabinet.

Kathmandu, July 28 -- A serious rift has surfaced between two ruling parties - UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-UML after Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal rejected to the Maoist demand to induct new ministers in the cabinet.

The main opposition Nepali Congress has been obstructing House session to exert pressure on Prime Minister Khanal to go any time soon.

Earlier, Maoists had handed over the names of 24 new ministers to Prime Minister Khanal to induct them in his cabinet. The Maoists maintain that new names were proposed to make cabinet members from the party more 'inclusive', recalling the previous ministers.

The prime minister's reluctance to meet the Maoist demand comes after his party, CPN-UML, rejected it outright. A Standing Committee meeting of the party said the party should take initiative to form national consensus government instead of inducting new ministers in the current government.

Maoists have taken strong exception to the reluctance of Prime Minister Khanal to induct their new ministers in the cabinet.

In an interview with a local daily, Maoist Vice Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai warned that the reluctance of the prime minister to induct new ministers from his party may cost his prime ministerial berth. "It will ultimately lead to the resignation of the prime minister. We will wait for the prime minister's response for the next couple of days and take decisions accordingly," he said.

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Publication:Asian Tribune (India)
Date:Jul 28, 2011
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