Day-long CPN-M bandh partially hits Kathmandu; eastern part also affected
Normal life in Kathmandu Valley and several districts in eastern part of the country was paralyzed by a bandh (strike) the 33-party alliance of poll opposing parties led by CPN-Maoist called to exert pressure on the government to fulfill their demands which includes holding an all-party round-table conference and changing the interim government Thursday.
A flag-wielding CPN-Maoist activist trying to stop a motorbike that defied the Kathmandu...
The day-long bandh has ended at 5 pm and traffic is slowly resuming. The bandh was largely peaceful as there were no reports of vandalism, clashes or any untoward incident.
The day-long protest in the Kathmandu Valley, which includes the capital Kathmandu including Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts, and eastern Nepal was called as part of the series of strikes the opposition parties called across the country against the government turning a deaf ear to their demands.
In Kathmandu, shops and businesses in the main market centers and other business areas remained closed while educational institutions also remained shut due to the strike, which was postponed by a day by CPN-M in view of the final of the SAFF Championship 2013 held at Dashrath Stadium on Wednesday.
Only a limited number of private vehicles dared to defy the bandh while public transportation came to a grinding halt due to fear of attacks by bandh organisers. Office goers as well as daily commuters have been forced to leave their homes early in the morning as they had no other option but to walk to reach their offices and respective destinations due to lack of public transportation.
Diplomatic mission, human Rights, media, ambulance and hospital vehicles have been allowed to ply in bandh period, however.
With chances of the CPN-M joining the November 19 election waning, the government on Tuesday decided to move on with election preparation while still keeping the doors for negotiations with the poll-opposing parties open.
However, saying that the election that the government and major parties are trying to hold without forging national consensus on it will be devoid of any meaning, the 33-party alliance said they would continue with their protest programmes until the government agrees to create an enabling atmosphere for polls by acceding to their demands.
Meanwhile, the bandh has been largely peaceful so far with no reports of clashes between bandh organisers and police or any other untoward incident.
Protestors could be seen taking out sporadic rallies at major places of the city, but they have not engaged in any kind of vandalism.
Reports from eastern Nepal say that the bandh called by the 33-party alliance led by CPN-M has badly affected normal life with shops, businesses, factories and educational institutions pulling down shutters fearing reprisal. Public and private transportation have also stayed off the road due to the strike in the eastern districts. Nepalnews.com