Dahal canvasses for Oli as PM, asks Koirala to stick to "gentlemen's agreement"

KATHMANDU: UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal met Nepali Congress President and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday urged him to stick to the gentlemen's agreement that the top leaders of major parties made while forging the 16-point agreement to elect CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli as the Prime Minister.

Accompanied by senior leaders of the party, Dahal went to meet Koirala and pointed out the need for unity among the major parties in the wake of promulgation of new Constitution also.

On the occasion, he informed Koirala about the Maoist party's official decision to lend support to Oli in the prime ministerial election.

The nation is expected to elect its new Prime Minister on Sunday.

So far, Oli is the only candidate who has openly announced candidacy for the election.

The largest party NC is yet to decide whether to field its own candidate and if yes, whom. A Central Working Committee meeting of the party, begun Wednesday, ended today without making a concrete decision.

It, however, has authorised top three leaders of the party - Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Paudel - to take the decision before the Parliament begins registering candidacy.

The Parliament has set the time from 11 am to 4 pm tomorrow to register candidacies.