Maoist Centre fixes convention date for January

KATHMANDU: The CPN Maoist Centre on Thursday decided to hold the first convention of the unified Maoist party on January 7-12, 2017.

A politburo meeting of the party that began on Tuesday made the decision to this effect, according to party leader Mani Thapa.

According to party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's secretariat, the meeting also endorsed a timetable prepared for completing unification process at the local level and holding assemblies at ward, village, municipal, district and province levels within mid-December.

Meanwhile, the meeting also reiterated that a national consensus government should be formed at the earliest.

The party would discuss its agendas with other parties and form the government with any party which would support the agendas, according to Thapa.

According to the party decision, the consensus government was a must to hold elections at the local, provincial and federal levels in the course of implementing the Constitution.

It has been learned that the party would immediately begin discussions with the major parties including ruling coalition partner CPN-UML and main opposition Nepali Congress on toppling the incumbent government led by UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli to pave ways for the consensus government.

Of late, the party leaders have been expressing dissatisfaction with the Oli government claiming it could not implement a nine-point agreement signed between the two parties.

The Maoist leaders are also apparently concerned over implementation of a “gentlemen’s agreement” reportedly signed between Oli and the then UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in order to handover the government reigns to the Maoist party after endorsement of the annual budget announcement.

The UML, however, has been denying existence of any such deal.

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Meanwhile, the Maoist party concluded the politburo meeting today. According to Dahal's secretariat, the meeting has also decided to call a central committee meeting for July 18 to finalise the party’s organisational and election procedures.