KATHMANDU, July 1: A dozen central committee (CC) members of Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Republican (MPRF-R) have removed Raj Kishor Yadav as acting chairman of the party and subsequently notified the Election Commission (EC) about it, on Sunday.
The EC has been informed about the sacking of Yadav, also information and communications minister in the incumbent government, from his post as per a CC decision taken on June 26 , Atmaram Sah, a CC member of MPRF-R, informed Republica Online.
He also informed that they have decided to appoint Nanda Kumar Datta in the vacant post. Yadav was tasked with responsibility of the party’s acting chairman after its chairman JP Gupta was jailed last February after being convicted on graft charges.
According to him, Yadav´s CC membership has also been scrapped. He, however, said Yadav will continue to have his general membership as the party wants to give him a chance to mend his ways.
The 12 CC members who relieved Yadav of his duty include Sah, Datta, Ganesh Yadav, Surita Sah, Abdul Zabbar, Mohammad Khalid, Nanda Kishor Sah, Sandhya Dev, Salma Khatun, Sikaram Agrawal, Rajiv Sah and Umesh Lal Das.
According to them, Yadav was sacked as he ran the party without taking other party leaders into confidence. With Gupta in jail, the party has currently 22 CC members.
At a press conference in the capital, Datta announced his party´s withdrawal of support from the government and asked Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to remove minister Yadav from the government.