Nepali Congress on Thursday broke away from the Baburam Bhattarai-led government 17 days after joining it.

KATHMANDU, MAY 24 – Angered by the government decision to extend the Constituent Assembly (CA), the Nepali Congress on Thursday broke away from the Baburam Bhattarai-led government 17 days after joining it.

The government is no longer a national consensus government after the NC, which is the second largest party of Constituent Assembly (CA), walked away.

NC quit the government citing discontent over the cabinet’s decision to register the constitution amendment bill seeking to extend the CA term which is due to expire on May 27. The Central Committee meeting of NC held earlier today decided to break away from the government.

NC had joined the government 17 days ago under the leadership of party General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula. NC leaders had been given the ministerial portfolios for Law and Justice, Local Development and General Administration.

NC leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula, who was also appointed the deputry prime minister, resigned from the Cabinet on Thursday, saying that his worth in the government has finished as the Cabinet took the initiatives to extend the CA term although his party was against it.

Along with Sitaula NC leader Surya Man Tamang was also in the Baburam Bhattarai-led government.

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