Nepali Congress CWC endorses deal with Maoists, supports Dahal as PM candidate

KATHMANDU: The largest party Nepali Congress has formally endorsed the seven-point agreement that its president, Sher Bahadur Deuba, forged with CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal to build a new coalition government.

The party's Central Working Committee held its meeting at the Nuptse Hall in the Parliament building this morning to endorse the agreement. The meeting decided to lend support to Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the candidate for new prime minister.

As per Deuba's instructions, Bimalendra Nidhi had informed the CWC about the agreement between Deuba and Dahal.

As Deuba floated a proposal for the endorsement of the seven-point NC-Maoist agreement, some CWC members took exception to the party president's modus operandi, saying such a crucial decision was made without keeping the party in the loop.

CWC members including Ram Chandra Paudel, Prakash Man Singh, Khum Bahadur Khadka, Mahesh Acharya, Sujata Koirala, Ramesh Lekhak and Devendra Raj Kandel had aired their views over the latest political development and the agreement.

It is said that as per an understanding between the two leaders Maoist Chairman Dahal would lead the coalition government for now, and Deuba would succeed to him after some months.

CPN-UML proposal

Meanwhile, the CWC meeting briefly discussed a proposal sent by the CPN-UML with an offer to the Nepali Congress to lead the new coalition.

The CWC, however, observed that the UML proposal came after the written agreement with the Maoists was made, and thus bore no significance.