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UCPN (Maoist) not to pull back support to Oli govt for now

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KATHMANDU — Amid the speculations, one of the main ruling partners, UCPN (Maoist) has decided not to pull back its support to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led government for now.

The UCPN (Maoist), which yesterday chose to form a new government under its leadership, has decided not to withdraw its support to the KP Sharma Oli-led government ‘for the time being’.

According to the sources,  said UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal decide to proceed with support  Oli after the latter proposed him to lead the government after passing the annual budget and policies.

Sources said that the UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, following his meeting with UML leaders—Jhalanath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam—on Thursday morning took the decision.

On Wednesday morning, UCPN (Maoist) astounded its partners in the coalition with formal announcement of its plan to break the alliance. The party was also considering pulling back its members from the government.

Later on the day, PM Oli made a new offer to Dahal to break the alliance in making. During a meeting with Maoist leaders including Dahal at his official residence, Oli said that he was ready to support Maoist-led government if the Maoist supports him in presenting the annual budget policies and programs.

The source further added that Khanal and Gautam requested Dahal not to topple the government before it could present the government’s policy and programs in parliament. The source said Dahal agreed to the request.

Earlier in the morning, a meeting of the Council of Ministers was postponed after ministers from the UCPN (Maoist) did not show up at meeting.

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1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap

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DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.

The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.

Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.

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