Oli meets PM asking for support as NC CWC remains undecided over own candidacy

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held a meeting with Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, for the second consecutive day, on Thursday, seeking a support from the largest party for his Prime Ministerial berth.

The NC, however, is still yet to decide on whether to field its own candidate, and if yes, whom, for the new PM.

The NC Central Working Committee meeting, scheduled to begin this morning, began in the afternoon and is still going on at the PM's official residence in Baluwatar.

According to the party sources, Koirala told the meeting that no any gentleman's agreement has been made with other parties to support Oli for the Prime Ministerial position after promulgation of the Constitution.

He had then asked the party to choose between supporting Oli and filing own candidate.

Meanwhile, the sources also informed that top three leaders of the party - President Koirala, senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and Vice-President Ram Chandra Paudel - claimed their stake from the party over the PM berth.

The seven-day deadline given by the President to form the consensus government is ending today. As Madhes-based parties are agitating and are not taking part in the Parliament business for weeks, consensus looks elusive and the President will have to call for the election of Prime Minister through majority .