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Opposition parties ready for protests

KATHMANDU: Twenty-two political parties, including the Nepali Congress, and the CPN-UML, have completed preparations for the joint protest gathering they are organizing on Friday.

It was informed at a press conference organized at the party headquarters of the Nepali Congress on Thursday.

The 22 parties are organizing the joint protest gathering, reasoning that the government made unilateral decision of holding fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly.

At the press conference, they called one and all to make the mass protest gathering successful.

The senior leaders of the 22 political parties warned of vigorous protest if the Maoist-led government did not become ready for national consensus.

The unilateral decision of the government to hold elections was ill-intended and had jeopardized peace, democracy and republic, they said, underscoring the need of national consensus government.

The parties are organizing the joint protest gathering in the open theatre for the first round of the protest.

Before the protest gathering, massive rallies would be taken out to streets from various parts of the capital.

As per the preparation, Nepali Congress would lead the rally at Sundhara, UML at Bhrikutimandap, Churebhavar at Putalisadak New Plaza, CPN-ML at Gaushala, Janta Dal at Lainchaur and other fringe parties at Bhadrakali, said UML central member Krishna Gopal Shrestha.

Speaking at the press meet, NC President Sushil Koirala said they were bound to wage protest after the Maoist-led government breached the five-point agreement and announced CA election which caused political and constitutional crisis.

It was the Maoists’ motive to capture state authority, he accused.

Similarly, UML Chairman Khanal said phase-wise agitation was needed to protect country from the crisis after the unexpected dissolution of the CA by the Maoists. This government must step down for the formation of national consensus government, he insisted.

The press conference was attended by the leaders of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Pashupati Sumsher Rana, Chairman of the Rastriya Janashakti Party Surya Bahadur Thapa and other leaders of remaining fringe parties.

On the occasion, the leaders said the joint protest gathering would be peaceful. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2012 | 05:53 AM

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