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Oli and Dahal hold one to one talks on party unification

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal have held one to one talks to take the party unification process to a conclusion.

In the meeting held at PM’s official residence, Baluwatar on Saturday, Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal met one-on-one for nearly two years and held serious discussion on the matter.

Both the parties held positive deliberations on the matter of party unification, said Chairman Dahal’s press coordinator Bishnu Sapkota.

The Party Unification Coordination Committee has scheduled an event at the City Hall today (Sunday) to mark the establishment day of Nepal Communist Party. PM Oli and Dahal are addressing Sunday’s programme in the Capital to communicate their resolve to unify the two parties within weeks.

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Both the leaders are expected to voice commitment to party unification in the near future.

The left alliance’s plan to announce the merger on Sunday by organising a mass meeting failed after Maoist Centre leaders demanded further deliberation on some of the major issues.

Maoist leaders are pressing for an equal share in the unified outfit and a respectable position for Dahal while mentioning the Maoist-led ‘People’s War’ in party documents.

Dahal is said to be seeking clarity on the roles of the two top leaders in the interim arrangement when the new party has two co-chairmen. He wants assurance of his leadership after the unity convention if Oli is to continue as the prime minister.

Meanwhile ,the Maoist Centre has called a headquarters meeting on Sunday morning to discuss issues that figured in the recent interactions between the two chairmen.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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