They want to establish ‘civilian supremacy’ in Nepal but they want to do that the cost of people’s right to live peacefully. The Maoists today began second phase of their agitation aimed at bringing down the current government by enforcing blockade in the Kathmandu valley. They have picketed at the entry-exit points in the Kathmandu valley. The pre-announced “blockade” began early morning with flag-waving Maoists gathering at Thankot and Sanga, reports Republica. As a result, vehicles coming to and fro the capital have been stranded at the entry points. There is heavy presence of police at Thankot and Sanga.
According to the Traffic headquarters, no vehicles ply the roads at main entry points including Nagdhunga, Pharping, Sangha and Teenpitle since early morning today, reports eKantipur. The Maoists chanted slogans against President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and the government. The party has termed the president’s move, on May 3, of blocking the Maoist-led government’s action of dismissing the then army chief as “unconstitutional”. In protest, Maoist prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned the following day and the party has resorted to various kinds of protests since then, including the obstruction of the parliament.
Ethnic Federal State Declared: The Unified CPN (Maoist), as the party is known formally, also declared, albeit symbolically, a Kirant federal state comprising of eight eastern mountainous districts, Bhojpur, Khotang, Udaypur, Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha, in Diktel, yesterday. Maoists advocate for the formation of federation based on ethnicity. Gopal Kiranti, politburo member of the Maoist party declared the federal state without the names of officials, before a mass gathering organised in Khotang district headquarter Diktel.
CA members, central and regional leaders of UCPN (Maoist) and its sister organisations and locals from various villages in Khotang and Bhojpur were present at the mass gathering, reports Nepalnews. They had rallied around Diktel before the gathering. Addressing the mass gathering, Kiranti said, patriot people of all castes who can internalise religious harmony and fight against foreign intervention can live in Kirant Federal State. The Maoist had withdrawn its programme to declare federal states citing lack of preparation last week.