CPN-M bandh paralyzes life in mid-west
Normal life was hit hard in many hilly districts of mid-western Nepal including Rapti Zone due to a bandh (shutdown) enforced by poll opposing 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist.
Businesses, private offices, industries and academic institutions remain shut while vehicular transportation has been disrupted in Gulmi, Kaski, Tanahu, Gorkha, Nawalaparasi, Syangja, Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts due to the strike.
Similarly, the strike has also paralyzed life in Dang, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum and Salyan districts.
The bandh organisers have also obstructed the Parasi (Nawalparasi) as well as Butwal (Rupandehi) section of the East-West Highway because of which hundreds of passengers have been stranded.
Although ambulances and vehicles belonging to diplomatic agencies, human rights, international NGOs, tourists and the press have been allowed to ply without any kind of obstruction, five protestors were arrested by the police from Lekhnath of Kaski while trying to stop a bus carrying foreign tourists to Kathmandu.
The poll-opposing 33-party alliance led by CPN-M organised the bandh as part of their ongoing protest program to 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.
Prior to this, the alliance has already shut down Kathmandu Valley, eastern Nepal and far-western parts of the country. On Sunday, they called a bandh in ten districts including Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechap, Sindhuli, Rasuwa, Nuwakot and Makwanpur. Nepalnews.com