Oppn urged to call off strikes

The government has urged the UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance of 30 opposition parties to call off their protest programmes and come to the negotiating table.

In a press statement on Friday, Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam expressed his reservations about the protest programmes called by the opposition alliance on March 19 and said there is no alternative to consensus to end the current political stalemate.

Claiming that the recent negotiations have been able to narrow down the rift among parties, Gautam urged the opposition alliance to desist from organising provocative programmes such as stick rally, torch rally, picketing of government offices and uninterrupted general strikes for three days. “Unexpected circumstances may arise if the oppositions go on with their agitation programmes as the government cannot remain indifferent to its duty of maintaining peace and security,” he said, adding that such circumstances would surely destroy the environment of trust among parties.

The elements that are looking for ways to push the country towards regression by spoiling the task of constitution drafting will take advantage of the situation, Gautam said. “In my capacity as the Home Minister, I request the opposition alliance, including the UCPN (Maoist), to give up their agitation programmes, if not, cancel, at least, the stick rally, torch rally, obstruction of government offices and three-day general strike,” said the statement.

Source: eKantipur