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Dahal, Oli seek middle path for merger

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that his party and CPN-UML will be merged soon making both the parties acceptable.

Addressing the party’s parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday, Chairman Dahal underscored that the unification would be completed, leaving no space for reservation and doubt for both sides.

There is a dispute over proportion of representatives from the two parties in the central committee of the united party. The CPN (Maoist Centre) has proposed sharing the party central committee on the basis of 50:50 ratio.

Stating the joint taskforce on unification has already come up with report, Dahal said the merger between the two parties will be announced soon after the left alliance unification committee finalises the report.

“Political and statute draft taskforces submitted the report yesterday. The political report is uni-vocal” he said. The Chairman argued that he had felt machination both from within and out of the country to frustrate the unification.

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He added that though the parties have agreed to have two chairmen at the centre, the issue of leadership at lower committees remain to be settled.

Chairman Dahal also underlined the need to be vigilant about possible attempts to foil the unification bid, though the unification process has reached the final stage.

Likewise, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has also said that the planned unification between UML and CPN (Maoist Center) would be finalized soon after he returns from India visit.

Briefing party leaders about progress in unification talks with Maoist Center, the UML Chair said that the two parties have agreed upon most of the issues. He said that few other pending issues would be addressed on the basis of compromise and understanding.

“Only some issues remain to be settled and they would be settled soon. The merger will be given final shape within the next few days,” Oli briefed leaders during a meeting held at party headquarters in Kathmandu.

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KATHMANDU — The Constitution Day is being observed throughout the country by organising various programs on Wednesday.

The government has organised a special function at the Nepal Army pavilion to mark the third anniversary of the Constitution, promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari,Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, security chiefs, heads of diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu, among others, are attending the function.

The government had formed a main organising committee chaired by Prime Minister Oli to celebrate the event.

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An aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2075’, balloons, and flowers were showered from helicopter as parts of the celebration.

Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts are set to perform march past.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to fellow citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day and National Day 2075.

In her message, President Bhandari said it was a matter of happiness for all to have an environment conducive to prosper democratic political system of Nepal through constitutional roadmap.

She said that the Constitution has envisaged creating an equitable society based on social justice with a goal to develop a socialism-oriented economy.

“I think it is the timely need for all the actors including people-representative institutions, political parties, state organs and entire Nepali people to embrace the letter and spirit of the Constitution to expedite socio-economic development”.

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Likewise, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives and also owed heartfelt gratitude to entire people of the country for their substantial contributions to bound the country to rule of law.

He said that the consitution, which was framed through the Constituent Assembly after a seven-decade long wait not only fulfilled people’s aspiration and optimism but also included principles and values.

Prime Minister Oli has also said that the Constitution has guaranteed fundamental rights and freedom to all citizens without any discrimination.

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