Nepal’s coalition government, headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, was reduced to a minority after Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), withdrew its support on Tuesday. The UCPN(M) is reportedly upset with Oli's leadership. However, the Nepalese Constitution does not have the provision for dissolution of the House or fresh elections before May next year.

The rift between Pushpa Kamal Dahal's UCPN(M) and Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist has been growing since May when the Maoists found support in the country's main Opposition, Nepali Congress. Dahal had then asked Oli to join the government under his leadership. However, a day later, Dahal changed his mind and decided not to break the “left-led and left-dominated government”. This would give Oli a reasonable amount of time to quit with “dignity” and support Dahal as his successor, reported the Indian Express.

A series of closed-door meetings between Dahal and Nepali Congress supremo Sher Bahadur Deuba concluded that Oli’s exit was “necessary to bring political order” to the country. The letter from Dahal states that the decision to withdraw support to incumbent government was to clear the path for the formation of a consensus government, reported Kathmandu Post.