KATHMANDU: Normal life has resumed in some tarai districts after the agitating Sadbhawana Party (SP) called-off all its protest programs after the government agreed to address its 10-point demand which includes announcement of poll date as early as possible and forming a commission on delineating electoral constituencies before the CA polls.
The shutdown called to press for the party’s 10-point charter of demands largely affected transport services, daily business activities and educational institutions. The shutdown affected Saptari, Sarlahi, Dhanusa, Janakpur Bardiya and Banke districts among others.
During a meeting held at the secretariat of Peace Fund on Sunday, the government talks team had expressed commitment to declare poll date as soon as possible and address other demands of Terai-centric SP.
A joint statement signed by the government talks team and SP talks team states after the meeting states that the government will soon announce the poll date upon consultation with political parties to conduct the CA election within third week of November this year.
With the withdrawal of all protest programs, SP Chairman Rajendra Mahato also broke his hunger strike on Sunday evening. He had started the hunger strike at Shanti Batika in the capital from Tuesday last week after accusing the government of turning a deaf ear to his party’s demands to announce poll date, form constituency delineation commisstion and intensify citizenship distribution drive.
Police evacuated Mahato, who is also a former health minister, from Shanti Batika at Ratna Park on Friday and got him admitted to emergency ward of nearby Bir Hospital for treatment following reports of his deteriorating health.
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