Anil Giri, HT, 4 Aug 2016, KATHMANDU: Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ was on Wednesday elected as the 39 th prime minister of Nepal after securing the required majority in Parliament.
Maoist party chief Prachanda was on elected by lawmakers as Nepal’s PM for a second time, promising to lead the nation toward economic development.
This is Dahal’s second tenure in the country’s top post.
He secured 363 votes in the election.
Prachanda was supported by Nepal i Congress, Sanghiya Gathabandhan, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and other fringe parties during the election.
Dahal was the only candidate for the election.
Of the total 595 members, 573 cast their votes in the election. There were 210 votes cast against Prachanda.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Prachanda immediately after the election.
Modi also extended an invitation to Prachanda, said Jhak Bahadur Mahara, the personal secretary of Prachanda.
While thanking Modi, Prachanda said he will work in close cooperation with India.
After the conversation, Modi tweeted, “spoke to Nepal’s PM-elect Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ ji & congratulated him. Assured him of our full support & invited him to India.”
Prachanda’s election is expected to bring much-needed political stability in the country bogged down by deep divisions over a new constitution.
India also has its reasons to be relieved, given that it has had an anxious relationship with the Himalayan nation under Prime Minister KPS harm a Oli, after the promulgation of a new constitution last September.
Though he is known to have an anti-India stance, observers say Prachanda seems to have softened his position and his elevation maybe good for India-Nepal relations, which experienced turbulence under Oli .