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Oli, Dahal agree to begin internal homeworks for party unification

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to begin fresh internal homeworks to resolve disputed issues of party unification.

The two parties, which had already inked a seven-point agreement for merger, but have not been able to finalize the political and ideological draft due to differences over some key issues.

This has raised doubts on the possibility of unification on April 22, the birth anniversary of Lenin.

During the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Residence at Baluwatar on Monday, Oli and Dahal agreed to put all efforts to sort out the differences through high-level discussions within the next few days.

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Leaders from the two parties will hold a decisive negotiation on the remaining issues during a high-level meeting of the two parties planned for Tuesday, Dahal said addressing a program in the capital on Monday.

UML has summoned party’s Standing Committee meeting on Monday evening in this regard while Dahal will also hold intra-party discussions for the same.

The two parties have differences over election symbol, use of People’s War in unified party’s statute and proportion of central committee members to be inducted from both the parties.

Despite resolving above 80 percent of disputes relating to merger, the two parties have not been able to give a written shape to the merger due to differences on some key organizational and ideological issues.

Maoist has also demanded equal proportion in the central committee. But UML has not agreed to using People’s War or removing sun as election symbol and said proportion of central committee members should depend on the size of the two parties after the federal and provincial elections.

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Constitution Day today

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KATHMANDU — The Constitution Day is being observed throughout the country by organising various programs on Wednesday.

The government has organised a special function at the Nepal Army pavilion to mark the third anniversary of the Constitution, promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari,Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, security chiefs, heads of diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu, among others, are attending the function.

The government had formed a main organising committee chaired by Prime Minister Oli to celebrate the event.

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An aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2075’, balloons, and flowers were showered from helicopter as parts of the celebration.

Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts are set to perform march past.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to fellow citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day and National Day 2075.

In her message, President Bhandari said it was a matter of happiness for all to have an environment conducive to prosper democratic political system of Nepal through constitutional roadmap.

She said that the Constitution has envisaged creating an equitable society based on social justice with a goal to develop a socialism-oriented economy.

“I think it is the timely need for all the actors including people-representative institutions, political parties, state organs and entire Nepali people to embrace the letter and spirit of the Constitution to expedite socio-economic development”.

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Likewise, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives and also owed heartfelt gratitude to entire people of the country for their substantial contributions to bound the country to rule of law.

He said that the consitution, which was framed through the Constituent Assembly after a seven-decade long wait not only fulfilled people’s aspiration and optimism but also included principles and values.

Prime Minister Oli has also said that the Constitution has guaranteed fundamental rights and freedom to all citizens without any discrimination.

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