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Nepal parties warn of blocking border over ban on Indian vehicles, movies
Publication Date : 02-10-2012
By in Parasi/The Kathmandu Post
Parasi (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - The Madhesi parties of Nepal yesterday warned that they would block the border in retaliation against the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) decision to ban Indian vehicles and Hindi movies in Nepal if the latter does not rectify it.
The parties, including Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal (MJF-N) and Rastriya Madhesh Samajbadi Party (RMP), staged a protest yesterday in Parasi against the CPN-Maoist decision to impose a ban on vehicles with Indian registration number and screening of Hindi movies in Nepal.
Saying that the decision is against Madhes and Madhesi people (indigenous people living in southern plains region of Nepal), the parties called for an hour-long vehicular strike in Parasi Bazaar from 12-1 this afternoon.
In a corner meeting organised after the strike, district chairman of RMP, Radheshyam Yadav, and MJF-N district chairman Dhirendra Yadav heavily criticised the CPN-Maoist decision.
They said they were prompted to resort to the protest against the decision as the ban on Indian vehicles and Hindi language which is closely intertwined with Madhes and the Madhesi people would have serious effect on them.
The CPN-Maoist, which broke away from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in June, last week decided to ban the plying of vehicles bearing Indian number plate and screening of “vulgar” Hindi movies as part of their movement to protect national independence.