KATHMANDU: As the general people were hit hard by the bandhs and strikes called by different political parties to fulfill their petty interest, the student organizations have withdrawn the nationwide bandh (general strike) they had declared for Sunday to protest the appointment of controversial former chief secretary Lokman Singh Karki as the head of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). The student unions called off the strike with the fear that people might defy the strike as the mother parties of these student unions have recommended for the appointment of the party.
A meeting of the student leaders held at the UML-aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) decided to withdraw the bandh on Saturday. The student leaders said after the meeting the bandh has been called off considering the difficulties it would cause to the general public. Although bandh is the last resort of protest, Nepali politicians and other groups resort to bandh for fulfilling their petty interest. Neglecting the hardships faced by general people and compulsion of the people, the bandh organizers claim that their strike received widespread support.
The ANNFSU, Nepali Congress aligned-Nepal Students Union (NSU) and the student wings of some fringe parties had been jointing carrying out protests before and after the appointment of Karki as the anti-graft agency’s chief. They had taken out protest rallies and obstructed traffic in Kathmandu and elsewhere after Karki was sworn in on Wednesday
Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Guar of Rautahat, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) leader Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar claimed that Karki will “play instrumental role in corruption control”.
Gachhadar, who had formally tabled the proposal for Karki’s appointment as the head of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) in the meeting of the four-party mechanism, also dismissed the ongoing protests against his appointment as being ‘pointless.
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