KATHMANDU: The agitation against the decision of Constitutional Council to recommend Lokman Singh Karki as chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority has been gaining momentum.
Civil Society groups, Civil Servants, Professional Alliance and Student Unions have already hit the street, while more organizations have been expressing solidarity to their move and joining the agitation.
A meeting of agitating student unions aligned to various political parties on Monday decided to impose a Kathmandu Valley bandh (Shut-down strike) on May 9 against the recommendation of the Constitutional Council.
The meeting held at the office of the CPN-UML-aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union this evening also decided to stage a torch rally and submit a memorandum to President Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday.
UP Lamichhane, spokesperson for the Nepal Students Union-aligned Nepali Congress, said that since Karki’s appointment will be against people’s sentiments and the mandate of Jana Andolan-II, the student unions decided to stage joint protests against the same.
The students staged chakka jam before all campuses this morning demanding that the government withdraw the recommendation for Karki’s appointment.
Students said they will not obstruct emergency service vehicles and school buses during their bandh and other protests. The bandh on Mother’s Day is likely to hit public hard.
Meanwhile, the civil society group, which organized protest in front of the Official residence of President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav on Monday, is organizing sit-in protest in front of the UCPN-Maoist party office. They have been doing so in a bid to exert pressure to the largest party of the dissolve constituent assembly to retract the decision. CPN-UML and Nepali Congress have already withdrawn their support for the appointment of Karki as chief of CIAA.
President Dr. Yadav has put the recommendation of the Constitutional Council on hold taking into consideration widespread public anger. The President’s Office said the president is studying the recommendation and will take the decision after holding discussion with different sectors.
The Rayamajhi Commission formed to probe the atrocities committed during the people’s movement 2006 has convicted Karki for suppressing the people’s movement at the capacity of Chief Secretary and recommended that Karki shall be ineligible to hold any public post in the future.
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