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NC extends support to Dahal-led majority govt, asks PM Oli to resign

Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as KP Oli, observes a minute of silence for earthquake victims during an event organised to mark the 18th National Earthquake Safety Day and the official launch of earthquake reconstruction efforts in Bungamati village, Nepal January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as KP Oli, observes a minute of silence for earthquake victims during an event organised to mark the 18th National Earthquake Safety Day and the official launch of earthquake reconstruction efforts in Bungamati village, Nepal January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress, the largest party in Parliament which holds 207 seats, has decided to support Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in his bid to form a majority government after the Maoist centre withdrew its support from Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli led coalition government.
The Nepali Congress Central Committee meeting on Wednesday has endorsed a 7-point-deal made with the CPN (Maoist Centre) and has decided to send the support letter to the CPN today itself.

The meeting also concluded that Prime Minister Oli should resign on moral grounds as his party now has a minority in the Parliament, reports the Kathmandu Post.

Congress party leaders had earlier said that it was but natural for parties that have a similar take on the below par performance of the government to join hands in the changing political scenario.

“The key ally itself was not satisfied with the performance of the government. We have also been saying that this government has failed to address Madhesi grievances, expedite post-quake reconstruction and make serious efforts to implement the constitution,” said NC leader Ramesh Lekhak.

Maoist Centre leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara said that an agreement “has already been reached with the NC” to form a government under Dahal.

Reportedly, the deal was forged by second rung leaders of the NC and the Maoist Centre on Monday, following which Deuba had given a verbal assurance to Dahal that the NC would assist the Maoist Centre in forming a majority government if the party withdrew from the Oli government.

As per the verbal agreement, the Maoist Centre will lead the government for nine months and hold local elections, while the NC-led government will hold both provincial and federal polls.

The new constitution states that all three rounds of elections should be held within the next 18 months. (ANI)

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