Chief Minister (CM) of Bagmati Ashta Laxmi Shakya has resigned.
She has announced her resignation while addressing the provincial assembly ahead of voting on the confidence motion registered by her on Wednesday. She has resigned as she was set to fail the floor test.
"I have paved the way in capacity of CM," Shakya stated. "UML deemed this is the right way to move forward together in the coming days. We held meetings of the Cabinet and party. I have paved the way feeling this will be appropriate."
She thanked everyone who helped her government and claimed that she ran the government effectively despite being in minority immediately after becoming CM.
The Shakya government was in minority after 13 CPN-UML lawmakers of the province including a minister joined CPN (Unified Socialist) formed by Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Shakya, who was close to Madhav Kumar Nepal for a long time, became chief minister (CM) on August 18, after changing camp to join the group led by Chairman KP Sharma Oli hours after the Khanal-Nepal faction applied for registration of the new party at the Election Commission.
UML had 56 lawmakers in the 109-strong provincial assembly including speaker and Shakya was appointed CM as leader of the party with majority in the assembly. But the ruling party now has just 43 lawmakers.
CPN (Maoist Center) has 23 seats, Nepali Congress (NC) 22, Unified Socialist 13 and Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) one in the province. The alliance of these four parties can comfortably form a new government and has already proposed to make Rajendra Pandey of Unified Socialist the new CM.
Published Date: Wednesday, Kartick 10, 2078, 14:34:00