The Hindu royalist Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Chair Kamal Thapa is all set to become Deputy Prime Minister in the Maoist-NC government after accepting an offer to join the coalition in the aftermath of violence in the Tarai this week.
RPP spokesperson Mohan Shrestha confirmed that his party has been assured two ministerial berths. Thapa will be Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development Minister and Dilnath Giri will head Tourism Ministry.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal offered two ministerial berths to the RPP months ago in return for the party’s support to pass the second constitution amendment bill.
Kamal Thapa had been reluctant to accept the offer because he knew that Dahal’s days were numbered after local elections slated for 14 May. However, sources say he agreed to join after being assured the post of Deputy Prime Minister.
After Madhesi Front threatened to withdraw its support following three people were killed in Saptari on Monday, Dahal gave in. Thapa is likely to be sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister this evening.
RPP’s induction into the government has boosted Dahal’s confidence in passing the amendment, after which local elections can go ahead.
But he still needs more MPs on his side, and is trying to woo Bijaya Gachhadar’s MJF (D). Gachhadar is also bargaining for Deputy Prime Ministership, sources say. There are already two Deputy Prime Ministers in the Cabinet.
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