NC aligned sister wings shutdown Dang to protest sentencing of tainted minister Khadka; Pyuthan also hit by bandh
Nepali Congress (NC) aligned Nepal Tarun Dal and Nepal Students’ Union have enforced a general strike in Dang district to protest against the Supreme Court’s verdict in a corruption case involving former Home Minister and Nepali Congress leader Khum Bahadur Khadka.
The SC had on August 15 sentenced Khadka to 18 months in jail and fined him Rs 19.474 million for abuse of authority and committing corruption while he was a government minister at different times.
However, saying that SC issued a guilty verdict against Khadka in a “biased manner”, the NC sister wings imposed a shutdown strike in Dang (Khadka’s home town and election constituency) demanding that the apex court “review” its “erroneous” verdict.
Normal life in Dang district has been affected due to the bandh with all shops and business in the main market places at Tulsipur, Ghorahi, Lamahi, Bhaluwang and Gadhuwa of the district closed and most of the vehicles staying off the road. Vehicular movement along the East-West Highway passing through the district has also come to a grinding halt due to the bandh.
NSU has said that the day-long strike will end at 5 pm today.
Meanwhile, NSU has also imposed a shutdown strike in Pyuthan demanding Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai’s resignation to pave way for the formation of a national consensus government. nepalnews.com