CPN-M shutdown 13 districts in Bheri-Karnali region demanding poll deferral
A day after shutting down Kathmandu Valley and eastern parts of the country, CPN-Maoist and the poll-opposing alliance it leads have enforced bandh (shutdown strike) in 13 districts of western Bheri and Karnali zones.
Normal life in these two zones which includes Banke, Bardiya, Surkhet, Mugu, Humla and Jumla district has been hit hard by the shutdown called since early morning today exert pressure on the government to fulfill their demands which includes postponement of upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election, holding an all-party round-table conference and changing the interim government.
As is always the case during bandhs, shops, businesses, educational institutions, factories and offices remain closed while both public and priavate vehicles have stayed off the roads due to fear of reprisal in most of the districts affected by bandhs, it is learnt. Reports say bandh supporters have also taken out rallies in major towns and centers in the affected districts and staged demonstrations against the government since early morning.
Meanwhile, RSS reports that politburo member of the CPN-Maoist party Dharmendra Bastola, addressing a protest rally in Surkhet, said that the CA election cannot hold in this state without addressing their agendas. If our demands are not addressed, the concerned authorities should be responsible for forthcoming serious problem, he warned.
The banda will be lifted at 6:00 pm today, said Krishna Dhamala, central member of the party. Nepalnews.com