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Oli, Dahal agree for party unification prior to govt formation

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed for a party unification within this week prior to the formation of new government.

The two leaders of the left alliance held a one-to-one discussion at at Manbhawan, Lalitpur on Monday afternoon and agreed for the party merger by the first week of the Nepali month of Falgun (mid February), according to the sources.

The sourcses said that the party leadership and modality will be discussed in another one-to-one meeting of the leaders scheduled for Tuesday morning followed by a meeting of Party Unification Coordination Committee which will finalise the merger process.

Th much talked party unification was stalled as leaders of both parties could n’t reach to power sharing model. The Maoist Centre has been demanding Dahal to be a Party Chairperson of unified party if Oli is to be the country’s Prime minister in the new government. However, the UML are not willing to accept Dahal immediately as the party’s chair.

Instead, UML leaders have proposed Dahal as co-chair, which the Maoist Centre is unwilling to buy. Likewise, while the UML has been pushing ahead to form the government as soon as possible, the Maoist Centre is reluctant to abide innstead it is focusing more on party unification.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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