Butwal, August 4 – Lumbini State Assembly member Vimala Kumari Khatri Wali has returned to the Maoist center. Having been ‘out of touch’ with the party for a week, she arrived at the office of the Maoist parliamentary party at the state assembly secretariat on Wednesday morning.
According to a member of the Maoist parliamentary party, she came in contact with the party herself. According to a member of the Maoist parliamentary party, Vimala told the leaders that she was kept in the Chief Minister’s Office. “He came to the office of the parliamentary party of the Maoist center after 11 am today,” he said. “He even cried with us. He was very tense.”
The members of the Maoist parliamentary party said that Vimala had rested for a few hours and told them to hold a press conference this afternoon.
Only two days ago, a press release signed by Vimala was made public. However, the UCPN (M) had accused Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel of forcibly issuing fake statements by holding him hostage at his official residence. The Maoist center had demanded the government to immediately make public Vimala’s condition, save her life and conduct a high-level investigation into the incident.
After the death of her husband Uttar Kumar Wali in an accident, she won the by-election in Dang 3 (b) from the then CPN (Maoist). After the Supreme Court’s decision on March 8 dismissed the CPN (Maoist), Vimala had announced at a press conference on April 3 that she had chosen the Maoist center. She had been sitting on the opposition bench in the state assembly. She had been out of touch with the UCPN (Maoist) since last Saturday after the UML-led government was in the minority in the state.
After Vimala returned to the Maoist center, the opposition coalition has reached a majority to form the government. The current 80-member state assembly has 38 votes in favor of the ruling party and 42 votes against the speaker. The opposition alliance has already filed a no-confidence motion against the chief minister in the state assembly and has requested the state chief to convene a special session.
After Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel fell into the minority vote, his party, the CPN-UML, has continued to work hard to get a majority by pulling MPs from other parties