PM Deuba refuses Oli’s request for NC assistance.

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The Nepali Congress (NC) has declined Prime Minister KP Oli’s offer to assist him in a vote of confidence on May 10.

PM Oli and some of the ruling CPN-UML leaders had traveled to Deuba’s home in Budhanilakantha to request NC’s support in parliament.

Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, leader of the Nepali Congress, said that Prime Minister Oli had urged Deuba to assist him in obtaining a vote of confidence in the special session of parliament on May 10.

In response, NC President Deuba said that the group, as the largest opposition, was unable to cast a vote of confidence.

Prime Minister Oli spoke with Deuba for around an hour at a time when he has agreed to call a vote of confidence in parliament on May 10.

PM Oli was followed by Deputy Prime Minister and UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel, Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader Subash Nemwang, and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa “Badal.”

The meeting was deemed important because the ruling UML has agreed to run Ram Bahadur Thapa in the May 20 by-election for the vacant National Assembly seat in Bagmati Pradesh.

It should be noted that the NC party has also escalated talks with other political groups, including the CPN Maoist Center, the Janata Samajbadi Party’s Upendra Yadav wing, and the UML’s Madhav Nepal faction, in order to block the Prime Minister from receiving a vote of confidence.

Meanwhile, the NC, along with the CPN (Maoist Center), the UML’s Madhav Nepal wing, and the Janata Samajbadi Party’s Upendra Yadav faction, has already agreed to field Maoist leader Khim Lal Devkota as their popular nominee for the NA.