Deuba Calls Three-Party Meet

Nepali Congress president and leader of the main opposition party Sher Bahadur Deuba has called a meeting of the three parties representing the House of Representatives for Friday.
He called the meeting Thursday evening. Party’s chief secretary Krishna Prasad Paudel informed that the meeting would be held at party president Deuba´s residence in Budhanilkantha at 3 pm on Friday.
NC boss Deuba invited the leaders of the CPN (Maoist Centre) and the Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal for the meeting. But he did not invite the leaders of ruling CPN-UML.
Rival factions of the NC led by Ram Chandra Paudel and Krishna Sitaula as well as Maoist Centre chairman Pushpa Kamala Dahal Prachanda have been exerting pressure on Deuba to pull down the present government led by KP Sharma Oli and form a new government under his leadership.
As a result, a central working committee meeting of the NC on April 2 decided to demand the Prime Minister’s resignation and initiate a process to form a new government under its leadership.
Earlier, Deuba had been hesitating to initiate a process to form a new government citing that the Maoist Centre had not withdrawn its support given to the government and a faction of the Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal was holding meetings with the government to forge alliance with the ruling CPN-UML.
The proposed meeting of Friday, if it is attended by the leaders of both factions of Janata Samajwadi Party, is widely expected to decide the fate of the present government.