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Nepal Maoists withdraw strike; to continue agitation

Defying the strike called by opposition Maoists, thousands of Nepalese came out to the streets on Friday and urged political parties to end the ongoing deadlock within the next two days, reports Utpal Parashar.

world Updated: May 07, 2010 22:07 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

After bringing the country to a halt for six days seeking removal of the government, opposition Maoists in Nepal withdrew their indefinite strike late on Friday evening.

The standing committee of UCPN (Maoist) took the decision to call off the strike temporarily keeping in view the sufferings faced by common citizens during the strike that started on May 2.

“We have called off the strike because of the plight of people. The party has however decided to continue with our agitation in different manner,” said UCPN (M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

He also accused the government of instigating clashes between those for and against the strike. Prachanda stressed that the decision was not taken in view of pressures from international community.

The Maoists have decided to hold mass demonstrations across Nepal on Saturday and picket outside Singha Durbar—the official seat of Nepal government—and administrative offices in districts on Sunday.

Prachanda stated that the next phase of the Maoist agitation would be more intense. A decision on the nature and course of the next phase would be taken at the next standing committee meeting.

Nepal’s main opposition party had launched the indefinite strike since May 2 seeking removal of the government and constitution of a national government headed by them.

While the Maoists were sticking to their demand of the Prime Minister’s resignation as a pre-condition to call off the strike, ruling parties had refused to bow down to such unconstitutional threats.

First Published: May 07, 2010 15:32 IST