It has been 51 days since Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba was appointed Prime Minister for the fifth term, but his cabinet has only six members.

Deuba, who entered Singha Durbar in an alliance of five political parties, is ruling with the help of four ministers and one minister of state.  The failure to expand the Council of Ministers has affected the day-to-day operations of the government and has also raised questions about the political credentials of the five political parties.  Prime Minister Deuba seems confused as he has not been able to pave the way for power.

Discussions between the parties in the alliance for the expansion of the Council of Ministers have not reached a conclusion.  While all parties claim an influential ministry, the coalition is a prisoner of indecision.  On the other hand, Prime Minister Deuba is seen in favour of not expanding the Council of Ministers before September 8.  The Election Commission (EC) has given a deadline of September 7 for state parliamentarians and local level office bearers to choose the party in favour of the CPN-Unified Socialist Party, which was recently registered by Madhav Nepal, who has been given 'high priority in the government.  According to a close source, Deuba agreed to expand the government only by deactivating the ordinance on political parties after the time for electing parties expired.

In the last meeting of the ruling coalition, the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) was given priority over government expansion and good governance.  In a meeting held at the PM's residence in Baluwatar on September 3, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has put forward a proposal to get the MCC approval from the parliament soon.  Referring to the arrival of Fatima Sumar, vice-chairperson of the MCC's infrastructure project, in Kathmandu, Prime Minister Deuba has started consultations between the political parties on the MCC.

Khadga Bahadur Bista, executive director of MCA Nepal, said that the US embassy in Nepal had informed him that he would visit Kathmandu next week.  The US embassy said the vice president of the MCC's infrastructure project would visit Nepal next week.  It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.  Political parties in Nepal are not unanimous in approving the MCC from the Parliament.  The political parties in the ruling coalition do not agree to move the MCC forward.

After Deuba raised the issue of MCC, CPN-Maoist Central Committee Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and UCPN-M Chairman Madhav Nepal warned the Prime Minister that there could be problems in the alliance to move the MCC forward, said a leader who attended the meeting.  Chairman of the ruling Rashtriya Janamorcha Chitra Bahadur KC has warned that Janamorcha will leave the alliance if the issue of MCC is brought into the alliance.  He told coalition leaders in the first week of July not to introduce the MCC issue.

But Prime Minister Deuba has been trying to win the confidence of the main opposition party, the CPN-UML.  Deuba has assigned Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, the government's minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs, to coordinate with the main opposition parties.  Minister Karki met CPN-UML Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader Subash Chandra Nemwang on August 29 and held consultations on running the parliament and moving the MCC forward.  Leader Nemwang said that Minister Karki had come to meet him and discussed the operation of the House and political issues of national importance.  Gyanendraji said he wanted to meet.  "Let's meet at the parliamentary party office," Nemwang said. "In the evening, he also met the UML chairman."  During the meeting, he discussed various issues in the national context.

In a meeting with Nemwang, Karki sought his help in running the parliament, passing the budget and the MCC.  The minister said that the budget is coming for which the parliament should be kept, the budget should be brought, the MCC should also be moved forward, it needs the support of the opposition.  , You abruptly ended the convention.  Attempts have been made to move the MCC forward when our party president is the prime minister, but you have seen that the speaker has not cooperated. What can we talk about?  After meeting Nemwang, Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki arrived at his residence in Balkot at 7 pm on Tuesday to meet UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.

During the two-and-a-half-hour conversation, Karki reiterated what he had done with Oli and Nemwang.  Karki had told Oli that the UML needed its help in convening the parliament session, moving the budget and the MCC forward, but Oli questioned why the UML needed the support as the coalition had 165 votes in parliament, a source close to Oli said.  "You have enough numbers to pass the MCC. Why do you need our help?" Oli told Karki.

According to the Congress leaders, Deuba sent Karki to improve relations with the UML after receiving indications that the UML would not allow the parliament session to proceed. Some political parties are in favour of not approving the MCC as it is not in Nepal's interest.  Even within the CPN-UML, there is no consensus on MCC.  The Maoist centre is also not in favour of moving the MCC forward, but Prime Minister Deuba is working to create an environment for the MCC to be passed by parliament.