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UDMF to support for toppling Oli govt

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KATHMANDU —The alliance of Madhes-based parties, United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), which has been running protests demanding amendments to the new Constitution, has agreed to support toppling the incumbent KP Oli-led government.

During a meeting with the Nepali Congress (NC) on Wednesday, leaders of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha said that they were ready to help the NC to form a new alliance with the UCPN (Maoist) after the NC leaders gave their word to address their demands.

NC leader had also held informal talks with UCPN-M leaders and a formal meeting with the leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front at the Legislature-Parliament building in New Baneshwor.

“We have offered the UCPN-M the post of prime minister in the coalition and UCPN-M has accepted our proposal,” said a senior leader of the NC.

Oli-led government has failed on each front, including implementation of the new constitution, and has not shown flexibility in resolving the national problems, a Congress leader said.

The NC with 207 seats in Parliament is the single biggest party, while the UCPN (Maoist), which has 83 seats, is the third biggest party.

Madhesi leaders said that they agreed to help the ‘new allinace’ after NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba gave his word to take a lead to address the boundary issue, which is Morcha’s key demand, but they would not join the new government.

“UDMF leaders have expressed readiness to support NC to topple the government and form a new one to address the concerns of Madhes-based people, including boundaries of federal units,” said NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi.

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Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav said the government had no right to remain in power, as it was mired in corruption and was involved in killing Madhesi protesters.

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New govt likely to have 18 ministers

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KATHMANDU — The new government is likely to have 15 to 18 ministries in total as Prime mInister KP Sharma Oli is preparing to give his cabinet a full shape.

As per discussion between Prime Minister Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the government may include Madhes-based parties to make the government inclusive and have two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

According to Article 76 (9) of the constitution, the number of ministers cannot exceed 25 in the federal Cabinet. With the new constitution limiting the size of Council of Ministers to 25, the new governing team could be limited to 18 members including three state ministers. A formal decision on the matter is yet to be taken.

Speaking at a program organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday, UML leader Pradeep said: “Cabinet expansion is likely to take place on Wednesday. A few Maoist ministers will be joining the Oli government.”

“Our taskforce has recommended that the government form a 15-member Cabinet. Some of the ministries will be integrated and others scrapped.”

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Ishwor Pokhrel, Pradeep Gyawali, Rabindra Adhikari, Raghubir Mahaseth, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and Padma Aryal are the probable ministerial candidates from the UML.

Like3wise, Maoist chair Dahal and senior CPN-MC leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa have been given the responsibility of selecting ministers from their party.

Probable ministerial candidates from the Maoist Centre include Ram Bahadur Thapa, Matrika Yadav, Pampha Bhusal, Devendra Poudel, Lekhraj Bhatta, Chakrapani Khanal, Pun, Girirajmani Pokhrel and Dev Gurung, according to the sources.

Thapa may lead the CPN-MC in the government as deputy prime minister. Yadav is being considered for appointment since he represents Madhes, Bhusal as a woman while Poudel is one of the leaders who joined the party lately. Poudel had left the Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party to join the Maoist Centre just ahead of unification talks with the UML.

Leaders involved in discussions said the Maoist Centre could appoint up to eight ministers if the Cabinet size does not exceed 18.

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