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Nepal president objects to parties using allies to support bandh

Yubaraj Ghimire, KATHMANDU: President Ram Baran Yadav objected to political parties in the coalition government using their sister organisations and allies to participate in a bandh in the country and forment violence.

Yadav made clear his disapproval to the chiefs of four major parties, who are part of the coalition government, on Monday and also raised the issue separately with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai at his office. The president’s objection

came after a three-day nationwide bandh — organised by the indigenous nationalist groups under the leadership of the Nepalese Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) — resulted in large-scale violence in which the media and non-indigenous groups were targeted across the country.

Besides NEFIN, senior Maoist leaders like Finance Minister Barshaman Pun, Bhattarai’s wife Hishila Yami and a unit of the Maoist party called the “Newa Rajya committee” were reported to be directly involved in the bandh that hoped to put pressure on the government to formulate a constitution that guarantees federalism based on ethnic lines. (Indian Express)

Published Date: Monday, May 21st, 2012 | 12:11 PM

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