The government has sacked all seven provincial chiefs on Sunday.
The Cabinet meeting in the morning had recommended President Bidya Devi Bhandari to sack the seven provincial chiefs. The President's Office in the evening has stated that the septet has been sacked on the basis of that recommendation.
The provincial chiefs were appointed by the then Sher Bahadur Deuba government on January 17, 2018.
Five of the chiefs were appointed on recommendation of Nepali Congress (NC) and that of Province 2 and Province 5 on recommendation of Madhes-based parties Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP) and the then Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSF-N) respectively.
Govinda Subba was chief of Province 1, Ratneshwore Lal Kayastha Province 2, Anuradha Koirala Province 3, Baburam Kunwar Gandaki, Umakant Jha Province 5, Durga Keshar Khanal Karnali and Mohan Raj Malla Far West.
Subba was professor of English at Tribhuwan University and hails from Dhankuta district. He was involved with ANNFSU as a student before the referendum for democracy in 1979 and had joined Nepal Students' Union affiliated to NC during the referendum.
Kayastha is a former agriculture secretary. A permanent resident of Mahottari, Kayastha is a water resources expert. He is also a former member of National Planning Commission (NPC). He was a candidate from FSFN for the House of Representatives (HoR) in the proportional representation (PR) system.
Koirala, the CNN Hero for 2010, had been campaigning against trafficking of women for three decades and has rescued many Nepali women sold to Indian brothels. Koirala, who was appointed the minister for women and children by the then king Gyanendra in 2005 after the latter dismissed PM Deuba for 'incompetence' and took over as the chairman of the council of ministers, had entered NC on November 12, 2017.
Her qualification for the position was questioned in the social media after the media reported she will be appointed chief of Province 3. Politician Sarita Giri tweeted that she was a naturalized Nepali.
But the PM's Office confirmed that Koirala has a citizenship certificate on the basis of birth. Talking to Setopati, Koirala said she was born in Rumjatar of Okhaldhunga and went to Darjeeling only for education, and called the controversy unnecessary.
Kunwar is a former attorney general. A permanent resident of Arghakhanchi, Kunwar was attorney general when Sushil Koirala was PM.
Jha is former health secretary. He was health minister in the government led by former chief justice Khila Raj Regmi. His and Mahantha Thakur's, leader of the chairman council of RJP, kids are married.
Khanal is an intellectual. He has done politics with NC and was teacher during the Panchayat regime. He had become National Assembly member from NC after restoration of democracy in 1990.
Malla is a politician. He was also the member of the Rastriya Panchayat during the Panchayat regime. He was a central member of RPP before joining NC a few years back.