Apart from Thapa other new faces in the Nepal Government's are: Dina Nath Giri, Bikram Bahadur Thapa, Jayanta Chand, Kunti Kumari Shahi, Bhaskar Bhadra, Kanta Bhattarai and Sushil Shrestha.
Giri, Thapa and Chand are appointed as Ministers whereas Shahi, Bhadra, Bhattarai and Shrestha are Ministers of State. None of the new inducted ministers have been assigned any portfolio till now.
"The people are raising concern over the larger size of cabinet. There is no mention about the number of ministers in the cabinet. Where is it mentioned?" Prime Minister Deuba question as it was raised by opposition leader as well as former Prime Minister KP Oli.
"It (the constitution) has stated about the number after the end of transition period. Can't the Prime Minister use the right assured by the Constitution? The number can decrease within 2 to 4 days, you will know that soon or within 5 to 7 days," he added.
The reaction of Prime Minister Deuba comes amid the unification attempt between the Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Maoist Center (MC) which will now be the arch rival of the Deuba-led Nepali Congress as they have agreed to make alliance.
By Binod Prasad Adhikari