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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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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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