The first of the two-day public consultation campaign on the preliminary draft of the new constitution has seen overwhelming participation across the country. Multiple cases of disruption and vandalism, especially in the Tarai districts, have also been reported.
In Biratnagar, the consultation has been hampered by the cadres of Madhes-based political parties who disrupted the programme by shouting slogans against the constitution. Similarly, TKP correspondent Shyam Sundar Sashi in Janakpur, has informed that a clash between police and cadres of protesting parties have injured 40 persons from both sides. The injured include district-level leaders and some central committee leaders of the Madhes-based parties.
Cadres of RPP-Nepal attempted to hurl objects at DPM Prakash Man Singh during a programme at Dasharath Stadium in the Capital. No one was hurt in the incident.
Consultation in Morang-5 has been affected after CPN-UML cadres said that they did not receive enough copies of the draft. They have also demanded that the consultation programme be held at open places.
Cadres of Hindu-supporting parties, including the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Akhanda Nepal and Shiva Sena Nepal, have been detained in Darchula after they took out a protest rally demanding restoration of constitutional monarchy and Hindu kingdom.
Unidentified group hurled petrol bomb towards Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat and his team while it was on their way to Nuwakot.
UML leader and former PM Madhav Kumar Nepal was hurled with chairs and stones by protesting cadrs at Gaur municipality in Rautahat district.
According to Saptari TKP correspondent Jitendra Khadka, two clashes have been reported to have occurred in Saptari where at least two persons, including a police constable, were injured. The protesting cadres have obstructed transportation along the East West Highway stranding hundreds of travelling passengers.