Leaders including UML General Secretary Nepal are inside jail or under house arrest
It is very much surprising that the government still continues keeping CPN UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal under house arrest. At a time when almost all political leaders are freely walking outside, Nepal is inside his home (and occasionally like today waiving hands from over the top of the building to his supporters) in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. Today the sister organization of UML, Democratic National Youth Federation (DNYF) organized a ‘ghar gherao’ rally and a protest program (pic, above) in front of the Nepal residence to force the government to order for the release of their leader. Nepal appeared on the top of the building with a smiley face (pic, below) and waived his right hand to supporters. He hasn’t been out of the house for the last 45 days. Pics by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur
At least two top leaders of UML are in New Delhi allegedly hobnobbing with the Maoists along with other leaders of the Nepali Congress, Jana Morcha and Sadbhavana Party. Government knows this and has already condemned the parties for cajoling with the ‘terrorists’. Parties are not really caring what ministers like Kamal Thapa are saying against the second round of the Delhi Talks.
A few pro-democracy and human rights activists including Narahari Acharya, Ram Chandra Poudel and Krishna Pahadi are also in jail. The reason behind this is also unknown but these very personalities were in jail for the longest period after the Feb 1 2005 takeover. It is assumed that the government is afraid of these personalities as they are known for republicanism agenda and are quite popular among young generation. Parties are planning to organize “decisive” protest programs in a few days and that might have something to do with the prolonged detention.
Madhav Nepal waves hands to his supporters from the top of the building where he is under arrest for the last 45 days.