KATHMANDU — The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) has decided to join the incumbent government led by CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.
A meeting of the party held on Tuesday has unanimously endorsed the proposal to join the government after the government expressed its commitment to amend the constitution, according to FSFN Co-Chair Rajendra Shrestha.
FSFN’s decision comes at a time when the Madhes-based party is inching closer to inking a coalition deal with the left alliance comprising UML and CPN (Maoist Center).
The party also concluded that the current development was a political success of the long struggle made by the party for the amendment of the constitution.
Deliberations will continue over the matters of government’s policy and programmes and about allocation of portfolios in the Cabinet, Shrestha said.
Leaders present at the meeting had unanimously backed the chairman’s proposal to participate in the government, said FSFN Shrestha. Shrestha said that the party is yet to reach a clear understanding on power-sharing and portfolios.
“We have decided to join the government in the wake of the government’s commitment to amend the constitution. Other secondary issues including portfolios would be finalized through further talks,” said Shrestha.
The FSFN has 17 members in the House of Representatives.
During a meeting held at FSFN headquarters in the capital, FSFN Chairman Yadav had briefed party leaders on the achievements made at talks with the left alliance and sought party leaders’ views on participation in the government.
It is learnt that three members including Chairman Yadav, Renu Kumari Yadav and Rajendra Shrestha are the three candidates for ministers.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.