Kathmandu: A Maoist minister, accused of
involvement in the murder of a Hindu activist, was on Sunday
sacked from the Nepalese cabinet after a determined opposition
demanded his resignation and stalled parliament.
Land Reforms Minister Prabhu Sah tendered his resignation
this evening after Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and Maoist
chairman Prachanda met to discuss the issue and decided to do
away with him.
Sah was accused of involvement in the murder of Hindu Yuva
Sangh chairman Kashinath Tiwari in Birgunj last year, but the
prosecutors this month struck down a case against him citing
lack of evidence.
Allegations that the minister was not prosecuted due to
political pressure flew thick and the main opposition parties
-- the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML -- obstructed the
functioning of the parliament since Thursday, demanding his
The party earlier in the day directed Sah to tender his
resignation, said spokesman of Unified CPN-Maoist Dinanath
In a statement, Prachanda said they decided in favour of
sacking the minister "despite a legal clean chit" because the
issue was unnecessarily deviating attention from the
fundamental issues of the peace process and constitution
Sah is not the only minister the opposition has been
gunning for. They are also seeking the removal of Defence
Minister Sharat Singh Bhandari of the Madhesi front over his
supposedly secessionist remarks pertaining to the Terai
Bhandari, a central leader of the Madhesi Peoples Rights
Forum-Democratic had said during a function in the capital
last month that nothing could prevent the 22 districts of the
Terai from seceding if the state continued to be indifferent
to their concerns.
However, his party MPRF’D is yet to decide on his fate.
A meeting held yesterday between the UCPN (Maoist) and
United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) leaderships, including
the Prime Minister, decided that the respective parties would
decide the fate of ministers Bhandari and Sah.