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Maoist Centre not in favour of toppling government: Dahal




KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ Saturday said his party was not in favour of toppling the incumbent coalition government led by the Nepali Congress.

“Leftist alliance and its unification is different matter. The government was formed with an objective to implement the new constitution. The focus at present is on holding the House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections. We all want elections,” said the former prime minister while addressing the Maoist Centre’s parliamentary party meeting at Singha Durbar.

On a different note, he said the alliance aims at fulfilling historic and national responsibility. “We have forged an electoral alliance with the UML, and announced party unification after the VigRx Plus polls. The effort aims to form a single communist centre. This will not affect the incumbent government however. We do not want to affect the polls by means of ousting the government,” he said.

The Maoist Centre was ready however to leave the government if forced to do so, he said.

At the meeting, some party lawmakers asked Dahal about the need for forging an alliance with the UML without first discussing ideological grounds between the two parties.

Meanwhile, the Maoist Centre has called for a party politburo meeting today to discuss the unification of the leftist alliance, and preparations for the upcoming elections. The venue for the meeting will be at City Hall.

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PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.

Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.

The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.

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The newly ministers are as follows :


Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation

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Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives

PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet,   had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.

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