UCPN-M holds SC meet, snubs ruling coalition's discussion

KATHMANDU: While other ruling parties held a meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar, the key ally UCPN-Maoist remained absent to hold own Standing Committee meeting.

Both of the meetings, however, discussed the same agenda: possibility of toppling the incumbent government.

After the Maoist party decided to form a new government under its Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's leadership, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had called the meeting of ruling coalition at his residence this evening.

Dahal, however, returned to Kathmandu after visiting a quake-hit village in Gorkha and commenced the SC meeting at his residence, called to discuss whether to file a no confidence motion against the government.

He had left for Gorkha after holding a meeting with Oli to inform the Prime Minister about his party's decision.

Another strong coalition partner, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, led by Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, has already urged Dahal to "correct" the party decision over the change of guard.

Earlier today, the main opposition party Nepali Congress had held a meeting with key Madhesi parties with the possibility of forming new coalitions.