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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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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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