KATHMANDU: Although people have high hopes for peace and stability after the success of the People’s uprising of 2006 but people’s expectations are gradually turning into frustration with the country moving towards party-less system and the move of political parties to reward persons involved in suppressing the people’s movement.
Amid this reality, members of Civil society and Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) have decided to boycott the official Republic Day celebrations on Wednesday. Instead, they plan to hold a separate gathering that day outside the building in Baneshwor that once housed the Constituent Assembly.
They said the principle of separation of powers has been violated after the sitting chief justice was asked to assume the role of the country’s executive head.
They said their protest is mainly against foreign forces that have been playing decisive roles in the country, adding that they will, however, mark the day at what they called the ‘civil society level’.
“We will mark the day at our level,” chairman of the Nepal Bar Association Hari Krishna Karki said in a press release, accusing foreign elements of putting the country and democracy at risk.
The two organizations accused the President and the government of rubber-stamping the decisions of foreign forces.
They also sought the resignation of Chairperson of interim election council Khil Raj Regmi as Chief Justice and revocation of Lokman Singh Karki’s appointment as chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.
They have further demanded that the amendments made to the constitution after the removal of constitutional difficulties be nullified.
A section of the civil society members also demanded cancellation of the ordinance on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They said the commission to be formed is against the interests of victims of the Maoist conflict.
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