Upcoming Protest Programme:
The alliance of opposition parties led by UCPN (Maoist) has announced agitation programmes in order to pile pressure on the ruling parties to draft a “progressive constitution.
i. 3 Jan – protest rallies in all 75 districts
ii. 9 Jan – general strike in Khaptada region and Karnali zone
iii. 11 Jan – general strike in Kirat, Limbuwan, Magrat and Tamuwan region
iv. 12 Jan – general strike in Tharuhat and Madhesh region
v. 13 Jan – general strike in Newa and Tamsaling region
vi. 19 Jan – nationwide general strike
UCPN (Maoist) has formed five sub-committees to manage its upcoming January 3-19 protest programmes and make them systematic and effective. The protests are aimed at putting pressure on the ruling coalitions to choose consensus ahead of the Constituent Assembly’s January 22, 2015, schedule for bringing out a new constitution.
A meeting of the party’s coordination committee for the protests held at the party’s central offices in Peris Danda on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, formed a public relations sub-committee under party spokesperson Dinanath Sharma and a mass mobilisation sub-committee under Jhakku Subedi.
Similarly, it handed Gopal Kiranti the leadership of the newly formed United National Front Mobilisation Sub-committee.
Lila Mani Pokhrel will lead the Diplomatic Missions, Civil Society and Professional Organisations Coordination Sub-committee while Ganga Shrestha will handle the Volunteers Coordination Sub-Committee.
To make its plans of organising rallies and assemblies across all 75 districts of the country on the same day on Saturday, January 3, 2015, effective, Wednesday’s meeting also decided to hand over the responsibility for its coordination to party leaders in a nation-wide manner and also form district-level protest mobilisation committees in all 75 districts, according to Protest Mobilisation Committee chairman Barsa Man Pun.
In the meantime, the UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party alliance has decided that it will not take back its protest programmes but make it even more forceful. The alliance leaders accused the ruling Nepali Congress-CPN-UML coalition of trying to leave the path of consensus, cooperation and companionship and thus trying to push the nation back into conflict and confrontation.
After holding a meeting on Wednesday, the alliance issued an appeal clarifying that it was left with no alternative but to hold protests as a situation had been created where the achievements gained from the Nepali people’s struggles, sacrifices and agitations were in grave danger and being challenged.
The alliance has made public its protest programmes which will be held in different stages between January 3, 2015, and January 19, 2014.