As seen outside the Constituent Assembly complex in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu today. The CA’s term will expire today (midnight) if it is not extended. There are have been signs that it could be extended for a few months. (five pics)
Monkey act?: Four ‘restive’ legs and several ‘resting’ leaves
Continue reading The last day of Constituent Assembly […if not extended]
Leaders of 22 political parties of the ruling alliance (some are in the govt while others have supported it from outside) met today at the official residence of the Prime Minister to discuss the planned general strike of the Maoist from tomorrow. According to the Chief advisor of the PM, the meeting passed a four-point resolution that asks Maoists to call back the general strike scheduled from tomorrow. The meeting also asked the former rebels have adhere to democratic principles while voicing their concerns and refrain from applying violent tactics to mobilize people. “Despite the constitutional and consensus-based options available to form or dissolve the government [the Maoists] have declared to bring down the government from the street which is against the democratic system and democratic norms,” says first point of the resolution adopted by the meeting.”…It would be inappropriate to bow in front of such haughtiness. It is our duty to protect the progressive agreements signed in the past, interim constitution, democracy and the achievements of people’s movement. We will not compromise with anyone against these issues.” The meeting also requested the government to ensure the safety of the public. The meeting requested the public to oppose the Maoist highhandedness.
The following is the full text of the decision of 22 political parties in Nepali.
बाइस दलको निर्णयको पूर्ण पाठ
प्रधानमन्त्री माधवकुमार नेपालको अध्यक्षतामा आज उहाकै निवास बालुवाटारमा सरकारमा सहभागी तथा सरकारलाई समर्थन गर्ने दलहरुको बैठक बस्यो। बैठकमा एकीकृत नेकपा (माओवादी) द्वारा घोषणा गरिएको आमहड्तालले उत्पन्न गरेको परिस्थितिलगायतका विषयमा व्यापक छलफल भएको थियो। बैठकले छलफलपछि निम्न चार बुँदे प्रस्ताव पारित गरेको छ : Continue reading Ruling Parties Want Govt to be Strong [Against Maoists]
The Maoist May Day rallies are originating from different parts of Kathmandu..they are moving towards the city center (Khula Manch) where they will assemble to hear their leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda). Here’s an analysis by Akhilesh Upadhyay
If the ongoing efforts for an agreement between the Maoists and the ruling parties fail by Saturday (today), the UCPN (Maoist) will go on an “indefinite strike” the next day.
What will follow looks grim.
First, the May Day rallies. A large turnout is expected, though estimates vary. The number of Maoists on the streets in the Capital will not exceed 150,000, according to a senior Metropolitan police officer keeping tab of incoming Maoists. A senior Maoist leader put the number at 400,000, including 67,000 party members based in the valley’s three districts and the party’s broader Tamsaling and Newa Autonomous regions. Continue reading Letter from Kathmandu: Maoist May Day Rally and Planned Strike
The opposition Maoist party organized massive gatherings recently to stop ministers and government officials from entering Singhadurbar complex, the official seat of the government of Nepal. Shouting of slogans were supplemented by songs and dances. The dancers included Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Nepali film actress Rekha Thapa. The crowds were jubilant. But not all participated spontaneously. It seems the revolutionary party that prides for having wide range of supporters had paid people to participate in its protest program. Here’s a story:
By Prateebha Tuladhar
As the driver clutched the brakes, the old man’s head banged against mine. And a whiff of pungent, alcohol-drenched breath sunk into my throat. I wanted to puke. In self defence, I put out my hand and held the man by his shoulder, meaning to keep him at an arm’s length.
Two women who were standing nearby told the man to behave himself. But they were confronted with euphemism and adjectives telling them how men had the liberty to touch whatever and whoever they wanted. The sexual innuendos were a complete turn-off and I put down my hand and stood back as far as possible from him, in a bus that was crowded with passengers, as though it was the last bus home.
I realized what the women and I did to keep the man at bay, had actually had a reverse impact on him. And what began was drama. Continue reading Kathmandu Life: A Drunken Maoist on the Bus