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Maoist ministers resign en masse

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) ministers have tendered their resignation to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba en masse on Friday.

Minister without portfolio Girirajmani Pokharel submitted the resignation of all the ministers from the CPN (MC) to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after today’s cabinet meeting.

Delayed National Assembly election including other activities by the incumbent government were cited as the reasons for the mass resignation.

Their resignation comes almost three months after PM Deuba stripped of their responsibilities protesting the party’s electoral alliance with the CPN-UML in the recently held federal and provincial assembly elections.

On October 17, Prime Minister Deuba had stripped 16 ministers, including seven state ministers, from the Maoist Centre of their responsibilities. But they continue their tenure without portfolio.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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