Nepal’s CPN(M-C) to withdraw support to Oli government

Kathmandu, July 12 (IANS) The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist- Centre) on Monday decided to withdraw its support to the K.P. Sharma Oli government.

The party’s leadership meet decided to withdraw support to the Oli government.

Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” wrote a letter to Oli about the party’s decision to withdraw support, reported Kathmandu Post.

Party leaders Janardan Sharma and Hitaraj Panday went to the Prime Minister’s residence ‘Baluwatar’ and the President’s residence ‘Sheetal Niwas’, with the letters of withdrawl of support to the government.

Another party leader, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, carried the letter to Parliament Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar.

The letter states that the CPN(M-C) decision to withdraw support to incumbent government was to clear the path for the formation of consensus government, the Post reported.

The CPN(M-C) had authorised its chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to take the initiatives for formation of a national consensus government.

On Sunday, a meeting urged the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) to fully implement all the agreements made with it in the past.

Earlier on May 5, the seven-month-old government headed by Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli faced an imminent collapse as the CPN(M-C) served it a quit notice.

Prachanda had asked Oli to join the government under his leadership since the Nepali Congress, the main opposition and the biggest party in the House, had decided to extend its support to the CPN(M-C) leader.

Prachanda also won the support of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) that had launched a protest movement against the Oli government for five months after the promulgation of the Constitution on September 20 last year.

If Oli government decides to resign, it will pave the way for Prachanda’s return as the Prime Minister, seven years after he quit following the President’s “veto” upsetting his decision to sack Nepal Army chief Rukmangud Katawal.

–IANS

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