Opposition front to launch fresh protests

The UCPN-Maoist-led opposition alliance, Federal Democratic Republican Alliance (FDRA), has decided to go for street protests, blaming that the ruling parties strayed from the consensus process.

However, the alliance is yet to announce its protest programmes’ schedule and modality.

The meeting of the FDRA held at UCPN-Maoist’s parliamentary party office, Singh Durbar today, decided to go for protests, concluding that the ruling parties gave up the principle of consensus made in the past and the Constituent Assembly (CA) Chair also totally negated the voice of the opposition parties, said Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal Chair Upendra Yadav.

The decision comes after the CA on Sunday formed a Proposal Drafting Committee to prepare questionnaires on disputed issues of the constitution in order to put them to vote, amid protests by opposition lawmakers.

The meeting further concluded that the ruling parties forgot aspirations of the past agreements including the Comprehensive Peace Accord, the 12-point agreement and the Interim Constitution.

Federal Socialist Party Chairman Ashok Rai said that they did not have any alternative of going for protest and to the people as the ruling parties destroyed the environment for consensus.

Similarly UCPN-Maoist Chief Whip Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that they were compelled to go for protests to alert the people about latest political developments.

Source: THT