Kathmandu: A key Madhesi party representing
Indian-origin people pulled its four ministers out of the
coalition government in Nepal on Saturday after Premier Madhav Kumar
Nepal did not respond to its five-day deadline to sack two of
their colleagues in the caretaker administration, who recently
split from it.
However, the Terai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP), which
had a total of 20 seats in the 601-strong Constituent
Assembly, said it would continue to support the ruling
alliance from outside.
TMDP Chairman Mahanta Thakur has submitted to the Prime
Minister the resignation letters of his party`s four ministers
-- Education Minister Sarbendra Nath Shukla, Minister for
Youth and Sports Ganesh Nepali Tiwari and state ministers
Govinda Chaudhary and Chanda Chaudhary, according to TMDP
Vice-chairman Hridayes Tripathi.
The TMDP decided to withdraw its ministers from the
ruling coalition after Prime Minister Nepal failed to meet a
five-day ultimatum served to him by the party to sack
Minister for Industry Mahendra Prasad Yadav and Minister of
State for Industry Dan Bahadur Chaudhary.
Yadav and Chaudhary along with seven other MPs had
defected from the party and formed a new TMDP-Nepal party last
The TMDP, which represents the Indian-origin people from
the southern Terai region, has, however, said its support to
the democratic ruling alliance would continue.
Nepal is being run by a caretaker government at present
as Premier Nepal resigned six months back under immense
pressure from opposition Maoists. So far, the lawmakers have
not been able to elect a new Prime Minister.