Facebook campaign brings hundreds to the streets in Nepal

Hundreds of Nepalese including beauty queens, journalists, law makers and civil society members gathered near the government administrative complex in Kathmanduto press for timely drafting of the constitution.

Updated: May 08, 2011, 22:34 PM IST

Kathmandu: Hundreds of Nepalese
including beauty queens, journalists, law makers and civil
society members gathered near the government administrative
complex here on Sunday to press for timely drafting of the
constitution.

The people, inspired by a Facebook campaign, gathered
around 3 pm at Maitighar Mandala, near `Singhdurbar
Secretariat`, to press for the promulgation of new
constitution within May 28 deadline.

Give us the constitution by May 28, if not don`t take
salary for the next extension, which should be only for six
months, said Ujjwol Thapa, initiator of the campaign on
Facebook.

The taxpayers money should not be misused for petty
political pursuits and for extending CA terms endlessly, he
pointed out.

The campaign, Parivartan Ka Lagi Hami Nepali Ek (We
Nepalis unite for change) was discussed by a dozen people at
a tea party last week and it turned into a Facebook campaign
which succeeded in gathering hundreds of people.

Miss Nepal Sadichha Shrestha, former Miss Nepal
Malawika Subba and gay rights activist and Lawmaker Sunil Babu
Panta were among those who were present in the gathering.

We are also planning to send sms to lawmakers asking
them to accomplish the task of drafting the constitution on
time, said Lawmaker Panta.

"We are tired of their rhetorics that lack content
and coherence. It`s high time every citizen asked what is
happening with the constitution-drafting process," said a
participant.

PTI