KATHMANDU: Normal life in many parties of the country has come to a standstill since early Sunday morning due to the Nepal banda (shutdown strike) called by 42 political parties including Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist and Ashok Rai-led Sanghiya Samajwadi Party-Nepal.
The 42 political parties called the shut-down strike demanding to call-off the date for the elections of the constituent assembly. The political parties have been protesting against the Chief Justice led government and the idea of holding the elections without fulfilling their demands. The parties have also called for scrapping the 11-point and 25-point agreement signed between the political parties.
In Kathmandu, shops and businesses in major market centers remain mostly closed while there are far less number of vehicles plying in the streets. Public vehicles are seen in the streets, but they are far fewer in number because of which many office-goers are having trouble commuting to work. Similarly, educational institutions remain closed due to the bandh in most parts of the country.
On Saturday, CPN-M secretary Dev Gurung challenged the government to hold the CA election by bypassing the agitating parties, warning that the nation would face serious crisis if the election were held in unilateral manner.
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