Prakaksh Sharan Mahat, a spokesman for Nepali Congress, said CK Raut, head of the newly formed Janamat Party, which won six seats, had met Deuba and pledged supportfor a new government. “I have no doubt he will be the PM of the new government,” Mahat said, referring to Deuba. Deuba, 76, who is considered close to India, is in a better position to muster support for a majority, analysts said. The alliance led by KP Sharma Oli of Nepal Communist Unified Marxist Leninist Party (UML), won 92 seats.
China and India jostle for influence in Nepal. Nepali Congress is seen as pro-India while the UML is considered closer to China. Deuba could take the charge of a government for the sixth time given how difficult it would be for any other alliance to cobble together a majority, analysts said. “The present ruling alliance is most likely to form a new government,” said Krishna Khanal, a retired professor of political science.