Print Edition - 2016-02-09 | News
SLMM calls off banda, border sit-ins formally
- Says its other programmes, including Capital-centric ones, will continue
Feb 9, 2016-
The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) on Monday decided to call off its border protests but said its other agitation programmes, including Kathmandu-centric ones, will continue.
The announcement from the Morcha, an alliance of four Madhes-based parties, comes four days after local residents and traders from both sides of the Birgunj-Raxaul border forcefully removed tents pitched by protests and roadblocks allowing vehicles to freely roll into Nepal. The opening of the border on Friday brought relief to the country which was reeling under acute shortage of fuel and other essentials including medicines.
“Taking into account the current crisis facing the country and people’s aspirations, the ongoing protests, including general strikes, border blockade and government office shutdown, have been called off for now,” read a statement issued after a Morcha meeting held at the residence of Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur in Sanothimi. “But other agitation programmes will continue.”
Oli welcomes Morcha move
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa on Monday welcomed the decision taken by the agitating Samyuktya Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha to call off its border protests.
I have taken the Madhesi Morcha decision as a positive [move], said PM Oli in a statement. “Differences can be sorted out through talks,” Oli said in the statement. (PR)
Published: 09-02-2016 08:26