Although Prime Minister Sushil Koirala remains loyal to the establishment of the party in his long political carrier, he is now leading the Cabinet with a majority of Ministers who at one time or another rebelled against the establishment of the party, including his own.
Take the example of the CPN-UML nominee. Deputy Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam, who rebelled and split the party in 1995 against the decision of the party establishment to support Mahakali's integrated treaty. Out of ten Ministers, Radha Gyawali, the wife of the late Jeev Raj Ashrit, Purushotam Poudel and Dal Bahadur Rana were with the Bam Dev led splinter group that dissolved the CPN-ML.
The Nepali Congress chose more rebels than CPN-UML members. Seven out of the ten Ministers inducted in the cabinet rebelled against the establishment led by Sushil Koirala at one stage or another. These Ministers were even constitutes of the Nepali Congress (Democratic) as a separate party. Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh, ministers Bimlendra Nidhi, Dr. Narayan Khadka, Dr.Minendra Rijal, N.P. Saud,Chitra Lekha Yadav and Ram Bahadur Gurung were with the Sher Bahadur Deuba led Nepali Congress Democratic.
Along with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Dr.Ram Sharan Mahat, Narahari Acharya and Mahesh Acharya belong to the establishment of the Nepali Congress. This is the reason why a large number of followers of the pro-establishment faction of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are criticizing the selection criteria of the cabinet.
At a time when the CPN-UML sent seven non-members of the Constituent Assembly to the cabinet, the Nepali Congress has done some justice to the people by selecting the Ministers who were among members of the Constituent Assembly.
So far as the cabinet ministers of the CPN-UML are concerned, seven cabinet ministers are not considered members of the Constituent Assembly. Bam Dev Gautam, Karna Bahadur Thapa and Bhim Acharya were the elected members. The remaining seven are not members of the CA.
After almost two weeks of Government formation, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala finally expanded his cabinet. The prime Minister added 8 ministers from his party and 10 from his coalition partner CPN-UML, forming a cabinet of 20 Ministers.
Ethnic groups have already criticized the new government, claiming it is unbalanced and favors the Brahmin and Chettri majority classes. Out of 21 ministers, 15 belong to Brahmin and Chettris, one Newar, two women, three Madhesis, one Magar, one Gurung and one Dalit from Madhesh and two Madheshis. Lal Babu Pandit is the only Dalit member from Madhesh.
Regionally, the majority of ministers are representatives of the Eastern and Central region. Morang district is represented by three ministers, followed by Nuwakot and Kathmandu with 2 each. Mahesh Acharya, Dr.Minendra Rijal and Lal Babu Pandit represent Moran district. Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat and Mahendra Pandey represent Nuwakot and Prakash Man Singh and Narhari Acharya represent Kathmandu. On the perspective of Gender, there are only two women ministers, Radha Gyawali and Chitra Lekha Yadav.
Given the present political squabbling, it is almost likely that there will be more inter-party and intra-party disputes, making the government shaky and unstable as usual.
List of Nepali Congress Ministers:
Sushil Koirala Prime Minister - Defense, Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Supply, Science, Technology and Environment and Labor
Prakash Man Singh Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Development
Ram Sharan Mahat Minister of Finance
Mahesh Acharya Forest Minister
Minendra Rijal Information and Communications Minister
Narayan Khadka Minister for Urban Development
Narahari Acharya Minister for Law
Chitra Lekha Yadav Education Minister
NP Saud Minister of Irrigation
Bimelandra Nidhi Minister of Physical Planning and Construction
Ram Bahadur Gurung Minister of Labor
List of CPN-UML Ministers:
Bam Dev Gautam Deputy Prime Minister and Home Ministry
Mahendra Pandey Minister for Foreign Affairs
Radha Gyawali Energy Ministry
Purushottam Poudel Minister for Youth and Sports
Hari Parajuli Agriculture Minister
Lal Babu Pandit Minister for General Administration
Karna Bahadur Thapa Ministry for Commerce and Industries
Bhim Acharya Minister of Tourism
Khagraj Adhiakry Minister of Health and Population
Dal Bahadur Rana Minister for Land Reforms and Management