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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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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

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

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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