Kathmandu: Nepali opposition lawmakers on Wednesday tabled a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister K P Oli after the embattled leader refused to resign despite the nine-month-old coalition government being reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by Prachanda's Maoist party.
CPN (Maoist Center), Nepali Congress and CPN-United tabled the no-confidence motion to oust Oli a day after Prachanda's party withdrew support to the CPN-UML-led coalition government and claimed that he will form the new government with the backing of the opposition.
NC leader Ram Krishna Yadav said the motion was filed after 183 NC parliamentarians, 70 from Maoist and three of CPN-United put their signatures in the 601-member Constituent Assembly, Kathmandu Post reported.
NC leader Ramesh Lekhak and Maoist leader Ram Narayan Bidari made preparations for the no-confidence motion. Oli has previously refused to quit and said he would rather face the parliament.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', in a statement, on Tuesday said that his party withdrew support to the CPN-UML-led coalition government as Oli was hesitating to implement the past agreements, the nine-point agreement signed between the two parties in May and the gentlemen's agreement for the change of guard.
He said the party's decision to withdraw support from the government would help build the national consensus.
Prime Minister Oli and the Maoist chief had reached a verbal agreement in May to hand over the leadership of the government to the latter after the Parliament endorses the new budget, according to sources close to Prachanda.
However, Oli turned a deaf ear towards the top Maoist leader and asserted that he would continue in power till the new election is held in one and a half year's time.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the CPN-UML's leadership, the Maoist Centre had recently intensified intra-party and inter-party dialogues to form a new government in its leadership.