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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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