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Nepal opposition vows to topple govt
Publication Date : 30-01-2013
Nine opposition parties, including the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), yesterday held a mass rally in Kathmandu, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and formation of a national unity government.
The opposition parties said the main purpose of the protests is to ensure early elections and end the political deadlock.
The rally began from Bhrikuti Mandap and concluded at Bhadrakali where a corner meeting was held.
Addressing the gathering, opposition leaders said the government is a roadblock for holding fresh Constituent Assembly elections.
CPN-UML leader K.P. Sharma Oli vowed to unseat the government from the streets.
“The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) should be removed from many places, not just the government,” he said.
NC General Secretary Prakash Man Singh clarified that the protests is not aimed at gaining power but ensuring elections and a democratic constitution.
“We have taken to the streets to ensure free and fair elections,” he said. He claimed that the government is attempting to impose autocracy in the country.
On January 15, nine opposition parties had decided to hit the streets to oust the government. The parties said they resorted to street protests after repeated attempts for an NC-led government through talks with the ruling UCPN (Maoist) failed.
Earlier, they had decided to mark Martyr’s Week (Magh 10-16) as “resistance week” against the “autocratic and arbitrary government of the Maoist and Madhes-based parties”.
The agitating parties began Kathmandu-centric protests against the government yesterday.
Meanwhile, the NC has deputed leaders in districts of the Bagmati zone to prepare for a mass protest on February 8 in Kathmandu.
In a press release yesterday, the NC said the anti-government protests must be made more effective.