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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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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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