PM Oli, Maoist Chair Dahal discuss govt functioning, budget

KATHMANDU: At the time his party has raised voices for the implementation of an apparent gentlemen's agreement, which includes the change of guard in Singhadarbar, between them, CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal met Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday.

During a meeting held at the Prime Minister's official residence, the two leaders discussed  the functioning of the incumbent coalition government and the new budget, which is yet to be endorsed by the Parliament.

It has been learned that the top Maoist leader reminded Prime Minister Oli of the nine-point agreement that the two major ruling parties struck on May 5  in order to save the ruling coalition.

Speaking at  a programe in Kavrepalanchok district earlier today, Dahal had warned the major parties not to take the matter of government change lightly and making it clear that his party was ready to lead a new national consensus government.

In order to exert pressure on the coalition leader CPN-UML for the implementation of nine-point agreement and apparent gentlemen's agreement between Oli and Dahal [to hand over the government's leadership to the Maoist chairman], the Maoist lawmakers some days ago had discussed the idea of blocking the budget in the Parliament.