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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.

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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Government not serious in resolving Nirmala Panta’s case: Gagan Thapa

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR— Nepali Congress youth leader and lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa has alleged that the government was not serious about finding the perpetrators of the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl from Bhimduttanagar Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Leader Thapa was speaking in a meeting with the party workers at the Nepali Congress party district office here this morning. He said people’s trust towards the government was waning due to its nonchalance in providing justice in the Nirmala Panta’s case.

He also accused the government of not working as per the people’s aspiration despite the formation of a stable government after a long wait.

After the meeting with the party workers, Thapa met with Nirmala’s parents who are staging a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office for last two weeks demanding justice.

“Please, take care of your health. I will relay your message to the Prime Minister and the president of the Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in parliament,” he assured Nirmala’s grieving parents.

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