Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called up Sher Bahadur Deuba to congratulate him on his election as the Prime Minister of Nepal. “Called Shri Sher Bahadur Deuba to congratulate him on being elected the Prime Minister of Nepal,” Modi tweeted. “I conveyed my best wishes to Shri Deuba for peace, prosperity and progress in Nepal under his leadership,” he said in another tweet. Deuba will replace Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who resigned from his post on May 25, signing a power -sharing deal with the Nepali Congress leader. 70-year-old Deuba was the sole candidate to contest the prime ministerial election as the main opposition UML or any other party didn’t register their candidacies.
Deuba, a veteran Nepal politician, is all set to take oath as country’s next prime minister. The politician secured 388 votes in his favour and 170 votes against him. In the election, a total of 558 votes were cast and Deuba needed 297 in the 593-strong Parliament to prove his majority. However, the Napalese politician scored well above the mark. Deuba will be the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal. Press Trust of India reports that Deuba is likely to form a small Cabinet on Wednesday which will be expanded in a few days, adding, that some of the Madhesi parties are likely to join the coalition.
Deuba, the president of Nepal’s oldest party – Nepali Congress, takes over at a crucial time in the politics of the country. Nepal is currently holding the first local-level polls in 20 years, but one that is being resisted by Madhesi people. The new prime minister is said too have a good connect with India, something likely to help in sorting out the concerns of Madhesi people.