18 November, Janakpurdham. After Janata Samajwadi Party President Upendra Yadav’s announcement of ending cooperation with UML, all possibilities of government formation in Madhesh province have opened up.
Jaspa president Upendra Yadav on Sunday announced the end of cooperation with the UML at the Biratnagar airport. “We had coordinated with the UML in some areas during the elections, the course of cooperation with the elections has ended,” Yadav said. They have not yet decided on whom to support or not to form the government.
JSP leader Ram Ashish Yadav, elected to the Madhesh state assembly, said there could be cooperation with the ruling coalition. However, he said that the decision taken in the Central Executive Committee meeting will be final.
But he said there was no possibility of him participating in a UML-led government. However, due to the behavior of the Congress, the JSP was forced to enter into an electoral alliance with the UML, which was unnatural. We understand that it was done by mistake’, he said.
Chief Minister Lal Babu Raut said that JSPA does not have the mandate to lead the government in Madhesh province and can only be a part of the government. Although he says whether to stay in the opposition or go to the government, it will be decided by the party.
The Madhesh Pradesh Legislative Assembly has 107 members, including 64 direct members and 43 proportional members. The possibility of forming a coalition-led government in Madhesh province has increased. Out of 64 direct seats, UML has won 15 seats, Congress 13 seats, JSP 9 seats. It seems certain that according to the proportional vote results UML will become the first party and Congress will become the second party.
Similarly, Democratic Socialist Party (LOSP) won 7 seats, Janmat Party 6 seats, CPN Maoist Center and CPN United Socialist Party 4 seats each and Independent candidates won 6 seats. The number of proportionally elected MPs is yet to be added to this. But even if the number of people elected proportionally are added, no party will have a majority. Even the ruling five-party alliance and the UML-JSP do not have a majority. Because of this, unless at least three major parties or independent MPs stand together, the chances of forming a government are slim.
The UML, which has become the largest party in Madhesh province, and another party, the Congress, are trying to claim leadership of the government. However, the chances of forming a government under his leadership have become bleak after Jaspa announced the end of cooperation with the UML.
UML leader and newly elected state assembly member Ramchandra Mandal said that discussions have started within the party to form the government with the UML as the dominant force. ‘We are waiting for the final result of the proportionality result. However, being a big party, a discussion has started within the party about the leadership of the government of Madhesh province. Mandal said that internal homework is also being done to coordinate with which parties to move forward.
Nepali Congress is also doing homework for the leadership of the government. Newly elected MP Krishna Yadav, who is also the Speaker, said the Congress was doing internal homework to lead the Madhesh state government.
In 2074 Madhesh-centric parties of the then Federal Socialist Forum and Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP) got a clear majority in Madhesh province.