Nepal: Maoist students protest against India
Kathmandu: Pro-Maoist students close to the hardliner faction led by Mohan Vaidya `Kiran` have staged a demonstration here against alleged Indian interference in the formation of a national government in Nepal.
The protesters briefly clashed with the police while organising a torch lit rally at Ratnapark and Kamaladi area in the heart of the capital last evening, eye-witnesses said.
They also obstructed traffic for an hour to show their protest against what they called "direct intervention of India" in Nepalese politics.
"We protest India`s direct interference in our internal issues," said Ratna Dhakal, central committee member of the All Nepal National Independence Students Union- Revolutionary.
"We condemn Indian interference in any sector of our country."
The student union has planned a series of protest programmes, which will be publicised today, he said.
He alleged that the dissolution of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai`s cabinet and formation of a national government under him has been done with direct interference of India.
The protesters claimed that a senior Indian diplomat was present during the four-party meeting consisting of top leaders belonging to UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Joint Democratic Madhesi Front that decided to dissolve the Bhattarai-led cabinet and form a unity government.
Meanwhile, CPN-UML, the third largest party in the Constituent Assembly, has decided not to join the national government under Bhattarai.
During a high-level meeting, the party accused "the Maoists of deviating from the spirit of consensus”.
In the meantime, the general strike that crippled life in far-west Nepal continued in 11th day today. Educational institutions, factories and markets were closed and transport services were affected.
The agitators of far-west have been demanding more rights and representation and undivided far-west region in the new Constitution. They have also ignored the call made by three major parties to call off the strike.
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