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House begins deliberations on policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The Legislature-Parliament has begun deliberations on the policies and programs disclosed by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday.

The discussions will go on for three days (till May 12) where various lawmakers will put their views on the policies and programs, while the Prime Minister is scheduled to respond to queries raised at the Parliament on May 13.

As part of the deliberations, lawmakers will take their views on the vote of thanks which was proposed by chief whip of the ruling CPN-UML Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and seconded by chief whip of the UCPN-Maoist, the coalition partner of the government, Hitraj Pandey.

Speaking at the meeting, Gopal Dahit of Tharuhat Tarai Party Nepal criticised the policy and program of failing to address concerns of the people of various areas of Banke and Bardia victimised by earthquake and landslides.

He also said that the policy and programme could not be implemented and that they would not support them as they were ‘discriminatory’.

Dahit also accused the government of suppressing the protest launched by indigenous and Madhesi for their rights in the Tarai.

Meanwhile, lawmakers of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) boycotted the Parliament meeting today as well.

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UML, Maoist Center sign 7-point agreement to unify; party to be named Communist Party of Nepal

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KATHMANDU — The two parties of left alliance — CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre — have finally reached an agreement on unification and signed a seven point agreement on the modality of the unification on Monday evening.

A meeting of top leaders of the two parties at late Monday evening officially approved the ‘left unity’ deal agreeing, in principle, on party leadership, organization and ideology.

UML Chairman and Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli, Jhala Nath Khanal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Bam Dev Gautam and Ishwor Pokharel have signed the agreement on behalf of UML whereas Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, senior leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa have signed the agreement on behalf of the Maoist Centre.

In a seven-point agreement signed by eight leaders, the two parties have agreed to form Communist Party of Nepal(CPN), a leftist party with Marxist-Leninist ideology as its guiding principle.

Likewise, as per the agreement, People’s Multiparty Democracy (‘Janata ko Bahudaliya Janawawd’ known as Ja-Ba-Ja as propagated by later UML leader Madan Bhandari) and Maoism will be deliberated upon as the ideological lines of the party at the general convention of the unified party.

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UMl chair KP Sharma Oli and Maoist Center chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal will co-chair the party in a bi-chairman system until the general convention and that both will take turns in leading the government.

The agreement on parallel leadership will remain until the first general convention, while collective leadership model would be followed for other portfolios.

As per understanding reached between the two parties, Oli would head the government for the first three years, while Dahal would lead the government for the remaining two years.

According to the leaders present during the signing of the deal, the agreement was signed after interlocutors from the two sides hammered out a sketch deal on leadership, organization and ideology which would be given actual shape through a joint general convention in around a year and a half. However, the agreement on leadership and organization has not been disclosed in the written agreement.

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Leaders also said that UML and Maoist Center will have 60 percent and 40 percent stakes respectively in the steering committee, the central committee and other lower bodies of the new party.

Monday’s merger deal, given the size of the two parties, is the biggest political experiment of its kind in Nepal’s history which will have long-run impact on Nepal’s political, economic and social spheres.

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