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Kathmandu: The newly-formed Janata Samajwadi Party has officially joined the Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ led cabinet on Monday. 

Pradip Yadav, the deputy general secretary of the party, was inducted into the government. President Ram Chandra Paudel administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yadav, appointing him as the new Minister for Health and Population. Also, Hasina Khan has been sworn in as the state minister of the health ministry.

Prime Minister Dahal appointed Yadav as the new health minister after Upendra Yadav, the outgoing health minister, resigned and moved to the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s decision to grant recognition to the party formed after splitting from JSP Nepal. Minister of State for Forests and Environment Deepak Karki, also from JSP Nepal, resigned from his post. 

On May 5, a group of leaders led by Ashok Rai, including six lawmakers, split from the Upendra Yadav-led Janta Samajwadi Party Nepal to form the Janata Samajwadi Party. Alongside Rai, Pradeep Yadav, Nawal Kishor Sah, Birendra Mahato, Ranju Jha Thakur, Hasina Khan, and Sushila Shrestha left JSP Nepal. 

The following day, the Election Commission recognized the Rai-led party as a new political entity. Nawal Kishor Sah Sudi of JSP is already in the Dahal Cabinet as the minister for forests and environment.