Opposition parties in Nepal have announced a fresh set of protest programmes against the Baburam Bhattarai-led ruling Maoist-Madhesi coalition on Saturday.
Fifteen parties including Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) released a list of month-long protest programmes beginning November 17.
The development could further prolong the ongoing constitutional and political crisis in the country.
“There’s no chance of fresh election till the present government is in place. Therefore we request all democratic forces to join hands in forming a national unity government as per provisions of the interim constitution to hold fresh elections,” said a statement issued by 15 opposition parties.
The objectives of the protests include removal of the present government, constitution of a national unity government and holding of polls in April-May 2013 to elect a new constituent assembly-cum-parliament.
Passing of the budget through consensus by the next government, appointment to senior posts lying vacant in constitutional bodies and upholding independence of constitutional institutions are the other objectives announced by the opposition parties.
The protest programmes will include holding of mass meetings and rallies against the government to be held in Kathmandu and all districts across the country till December 14.
Saturday’s development comes after failure by opposition parties to dislodge the ruling Maoist-Madhesi coalition following dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in May and no consensus emerging on resolving the constitutional and political crisis arising out of it.
Opposition parties led by NC and CPN (UML) have been demanding removal of the government and constitution of a national unity government comprising all parties---a move the ruling coalition has opposed.
There are also differences among parties on who should head the next government, when the next elections should be held and other issues like announcement of a full budget.