KATHMANDU: One day after the deadline for registering the political parties at the Election Commission for contesting in the elections of the constituent assembly concluded, the agitating 33 political parties have decided to further intensify the protest programs against the incumbent Khil Raj Regmi-led government.
A meeting of the agitating fringe parties held at CPN-Maoist headquarters in Buddhanagar in Kathmandu on Friday assessed their protest programs and concluded to further intensify the agitation against the incumbent government and their preparations for holding the elections. The parties have been demanding ouster of Chief Justice led government and forming the government of political parties by holding the round-table conference.
Talking to journalists after the meeting, CPN-Maoist politburo member Haribhakta Kandel said all the 33 agitating political parties gave a message of unity among them by not registering the parties at the Election Commission (EC) within the timeframe provided by the EC for the CA election.
“The election date has not been fixed and the ordinance regarding the election has also not been endorsed. The government does not intend to listen to the agitating political parties’ demands, so fixing the date for the election right now is meaningless,” Gajurel added.
Holding talks with the government was not possible unless the 25-point agreement reached among the major political parties for removing obstacles signed on March 14 and another 11-point agreement were scrapped, said Kandel.
The meeting also decided to hold extensive interactions on ‘Regression and Election’ in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Butwal, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and other cities across the country.
Mohan Baidya-led Maoists and other fringe parties have been agitating against the government putting forth several demands which includes the formation of a political government by replacing the current apolitical one.
The Election Commission has however said that it would extend the deadline for registering the political parties if the dissident parties agree to take part in the elections. The agitating political parties earlier announce protest programs including the Nepal Bandh but they were later forced to withdraw the bandh following the pressure of the people. The four political parties have been trying to convince the agitating parties for taking part in the elections by inducting Mohan Baidya to the High Level Political Committee.
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