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Last Updated: Wed, 30.01.13 19:39

Ruling alliance flexes muscles at Khula Manch mass meeting

The ruling Federal Democratic Republican Alliance (FDRA) organised a mass meeting at Khula Manch in Kathmandu in a show of strength on Wednesday.

Leaders of 21 parties in the ruling Federal Democratic Republican Alliance in a mass meeting held at Khulamanch in Kathmandu, Wednesday, 30 Jan 2012. nepalnews.com/rh
Leaders of 21 parties in the ruling Federal Democratic Republican Alliance in a mass...

Senior leaders of all 21 allies in the FDRA were present in the mass meeting including UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. The speakers at the mass meeting, which was held following rallies, spent much of their time dressing down the opposition especially the Nepali Congress and the UML.

"We are ready for consensus to hold fresh elections. You [opposition parties] are going to face the worst loss if they remain stubborn," Maoist chairman Dahal said, "We cannot wait forever. We will have to go for a final battle." He also said that the alliance of federalist forces was necessary to foil the 'conspiracy' against federalism.

Addressing the mass meeting, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai accused the NC and the UML of running away from the elections. He said the coalition was going to bring them on board ultimately.

He also denied that the Maoist cadres manhandled the opposition cadres and media persons in Kavre on Tuesday, claiming that the current government is the most "media friendly government". Bhattarai also described the road expansion programme in the capital as a major achievement of his government. "What has been done so far is just a trailer," said he.

Similarly, Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party chairman Mahantha Thakur argued that political solution had become uncertain because of the opposition parties' lust for power.

Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar said that the alliance is going to exist until identity-based federalism is guaranteed in the constitution.

The ruling alliance organised the mass meeting for "public awareness" a day after a major protest programme of the opposition parties. Nepalnews.com