People force to withdraw bandh half way; Normal life resumes across the country

KATHMANDU: Normal life across the country returned back from this afternoon after the withdrawal of the nationwide bandh (dhut-down strike) called by the Federal Democratic Front, an alliance of Madhes-based fringe parties including Upendra Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal and Madhes Samajbadi Party.

All the closed markets and halted public and private transportation have resumed across the nation after the alliance called off the strike from 3 p.m. in the afternoon. The bandh organizer called off the strike following overwhelming criticism from all sides and people started to defy the bandh.

There was minimal effect of the bandh in Kathmandu valley. Some public and private vehicles remained on the roads defying the bandh today. No human causalities except minor vandalism in the major cities including Kathmandu valley have been reported. While there were no reports of violence the bandh organisers attacked some vehicles including a van carrying medical oxygen at Thapathali, Kathmandu. Similarly the bandh organizers vandalized a motorbike belonging to a journalist in Bardiya. However, the bandh organisers have claimed that police have arrested scores of their cadres while enforcing bandh.

Some left parties including the Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist enforced similar bandh on Wednesday. The Wednesday’s bandh was strict as compared to Thursday. The bandhs are enforced to protest the decision of the four major political parties to form the election government led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi. However the four major political parties are yet to agree on the modalities for forming new government.

The culture of enforcing bandh has been giving hard toll to the national economy. People are raising their voices against such unethical activities. However the leaders of the political parties, who never fed up repeating the rhetoric that they are working for people’s interest, could not pay heed to such voices. Krishna Thapa, who works as a labor in Sankhamul based furniture company, says if the parties are serious towards people like us they should never enforce bandh as the people like us have to generate food for our family though daily wage. “It will not affect my master very much as he did not have to pay me the charge for today but how can I manage food after not having income for two days as my wage is sufficient for two meals a day for my family, so, the claim of political parties that they enforced bandh for us is baseless. They want their share in power nothing more than that, ” he adds.

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