Janardan Sharma may be removed from the cabinet

Kathmandu, June 13

The ruling CPN-Maoist Centre has begun discussions on whether to recall Finance Minister Janardan Sharma from the cabinet.

A senior leader in the party says top leaders of the party are not satisfied with Sharma’s performance and hence want him to discontinue the job.

“We cannot be more ashamed because of him,” the leader says, “We have told the party chair that he should be brought back, and the chairman has said he would think of this.”

Sources say Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal summoned Sharma to his residence on Sunday afternoon and enquired him about the complaints. Dahal’s personal secretary Ramesh Malla says the meeting had lasted for around two hours.

Details of the meeting, however, are not known.

Following his failed effort to remove Nepal Rastra Bank Governor Maha Prasad Adhikari, Minister Janardan Sharma is under fire in his Maoist Centre party as well as the prime minister’s Nepali Congress. He has been accused of failing to act prudently when the country is facing an economic crisis.

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