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Dahal to lead new govt after budget

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CHITWANA — CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he will take the leadership of a new government that will be formed soon after the budget as per the nine-point understanding reached between his party and the CPN-UML.

In a press conference organised by the Chitwan chapter of Revolutionary Journalists Association on Thursday, Chairman Dahal made it clear that it was not written agreement but was agreed by both the parties.

While marking a nine-point bargain on May 5, the then Unified CPN-Maoist had asked the ruling CPN-UML to ink a secret deal to hand over the government to UCPN-M Chairman Dahal.

He added that he was certain that the new government would be a national consensus government stressing further that such a government is necessary to implement the new constitution, expedite post- quake reconstruction projects, and resolve Tarai issue, among other pressing issues.

Dahal claimed that his party had been advocating for a national consensus government since his party was in opposition, and of late, the main opposition Nepali Congress party and the agitating Madhes-based forces had agreed to join the government led by him.

He also opined that the conflict-era cases would be resolved in line with the spirit of peace process.

In a different context, leader Dahal said that he will send a written reply to the Supreme Court tomorrow as he was summoned by the court on a contempt of court case.

He said the local body election will be held with consensus of all political parties, adding that the date for the same might be appropriate by Mid-April 2017.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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