Incident Reports

State assembly members and police clash in Lumbini


Lumbini, Rupandehi, Butwal

A clash broke out between the state assembly members and the police at the office premises of the Lumbini state chief on May 2. Apart from the UML,  assembly members from the non-UML parties had staged a sit-in at the state chief's office since noon demanding that Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel, who was in the minority, be sworn in.

Police used force after state assembly members surrounded and blocked state chief Dharmanath Yadav from letting the Chief Minister Pokharel take the oath. The assembly members chanted slogans alleging police of repressing them.

Shankar Pokharel was re-appointed as the Chief Minister of Lumbini. Pokharel, who resigned from the post of Chief Minister only on May 2 after a no-confidence motion was filed against him. Opposition and UML MPs have already handed over 42 signed letters to the state chief to stop Pokharel from taking oath. Agreement from 41 MPs is needed to get a majority in the 81-member state assembly.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Twosided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Group Clash
Weapons None
Primary Cause Other political issues
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Police
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 42
Actor 2 - Affiliation UML and affiliated org
Actor 2 - Youth na
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