The MC had also reserved two powerful ministries for itself soon after joining the coalition in May: Janardan Sharma at finance, and Pampha Bhusal at energy. The Maoists have now added Devendra Poudel at the Education Ministry, Sashi Shrestha at Land Management.
The JSP has got the miniseries in agriculture, physical infrastructure and transport, forests and federal affairs.
Madhav Nepal’s UML-US, which joined the political alliance after Deuba’s controversial ordinance to amend the Political Parties Act allowed him to break away from former prime minister K P Oli’s UML, has the Health, Labour, Culture, Tourism and Urban Development Ministries.
Deuba later repealed the ordinance at great moral and political cost to make way for cabinet expansion because the move was seen to have bent the Constitution to fulfil his partisan interest.
Among the new ministers appointed today, none are from the senior leaders of the parties which have nominated their second-rung leaders. Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the MC, Madhav Kumar Nepal of the UML-US have already become prime ministers before, and Upendra Yadav of the JSP has been minister many times in previous coalitions. This also means that Deuba has not had to appoint anyone deputy prime minister for reasons of seniority.
Notable among the new ministers are the UML-US’ former firebrand student leader Ram Kumari Jhankri as Minister of Urban Planning. Besides her, four other ministers are women: the NC’s Uma Regmi as Minister of Women and Children, Renu Yadav of the JSP as Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, and the previously appointed Pampha Bhusal of the Maoist as Minister of Energy. And Sashi Shrestha of the RJM as Minister of Land Management.
List of Ministers:
Prime Minsiter: Sher Bahadur Deuba, NC
Home Ministry: Bal Krishna Khand, NC
Communication and Information Ministry: Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, NC
Energy, Water and Irrigation Ministry: Pampha Bhusal, MC
Federal Affairs and Administration Ministry: Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, UML US
Health and Population Ministry: Birodh Khatiwada, UML-US
Finance Ministry: Janardan Sharma, MC
Defence Ministry, Minendra Rijal, NC
Water Supply Ministry: Uma Kanta Chaudhary, NC
Foreign Ministry: Narayan Khadka, NC
Physical Infrastrucutre and Transport Ministry: Renu Yadav, JSP
Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry: Prem Bahadur Ale, UML-US
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry: Dilendra Prasad Bandi
Education Ministry: Devendra Poudel, MC
Agriculture Ministry: Mahendra Rai Yadav, JSP
Women, Children and Senior Citizens Ministry: Uma Regmi, NC
Urban Development Ministry: Ram Kumari Jhankri, UML-US
Industries Ministry: Gajendra Bahadur Hama NC (Uneleected)
Forests and Environment Ministry: Ram Sahaya Yadav, JSP
Land Management Ministry: Sashi Shrestha, MC
Labour Ministry: Krishna Kumar Shrestha, MC
Youth and Sports Ministry: Maheswar Jung Gahatraj, MC
PMO Office: Umesh Shrestha, NC
Health Ministry: Bhawani Prasad Khapung, UML-US
Education Ministry: Bodh Maya Kumari Yadav, MC