Madhesis, Janajatis to stage hunger strike

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 31, 2016-

Madhesi and Janajati parties affiliated to the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, also known as the federal alliance, on Monday announced fresh protest programmes, including a relay hunger strike.

The decision was unveiled after the first round of their extended protest centred 

in Kathmandu concluded with a rally in Pokhara earlier in the day.

Issuing a statement, Gathabandhan coordinator Upendra Yadav said the hunger strike would be accompanied by literary and cultural programmes and rallies at various places across the country. The alliance agreed to continue with its peaceful protests despite the upcoming rainy season.

Some Madhesi parties, which had been pressing to take the protests back to the plains, had agreed to continue with urban-centric agitation in view of the upcoming plantation season in the Tarai. The hunger strike, which is expected to begin from next week, would be held each day from 7am to 7pm in Kathmandu.

The alliance, which has strong reservations about the new constitution, has been organising Capital-centric protests since May 14 to pile pressure on the government to address their demands of rewriting the new constitution and implementing the agreements signed with several groups in the past.

The parties aligned with the Gathabandhan have warned of continuing with their protests until their demands are addressed.

Published: 31-05-2016 08:12

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