Nepal opposition parties vow to dislodge Bhattarai

Forming an alliance, 15 political parties including main opposition Nepali Congress and CPN-UML vowed to dislodge Baburam Bhattarai-led coalition govt.

Kathmandu: Forming an alliance, 15 political parties including main opposition Nepali Congress and CPN-UML Saturday vowed to dislodge Baburam Bhattarai-led coalition government through a month-long agitation programme terming the government as "corrupt and totalitarian."
The aim of the joint movement is to remove Prime Minister Bhattarai from power and to conduct fresh elections by forming a national consensus government, they said.
Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal addressing a joint press meet in Kathmandu today urged the people to take part in the anti-government agitation starting from November 17 to topple the government.

The protest programmes include organising protest rallies and public meetings in major cities across the country.

The Maoist-Madhesi alliance is encouraging corruption, financial irregularities, price hike, politicising bureaucracy and looting the country, which needs to be stopped by toppling the incumbent government, they said in a statement.

The Bhattarai-led caretaker government is neglecting national interest and undermining national sovereignty and dignity, and is obstructing the politics of consensus and cooperation at a time when the country is running without an elected body, they claimed.

This government is neither serious about holding fresh election nor interested in consolidating democratic achievements through promulgating the constitution, said the leaders of the alliance during the press meet.

Therefore, it is very urgent to remove Bhattarai government from power and form a national unity government under which fresh election could be conducted in a free and fair manner, they said.

"Our movement will be peaceful, but we will not stop unless Prime Minister Bhattarai is ousted," UML chairman Khanal said.

This corrupt and autocratic government has no authority to announce new budget as the government has not consulted with political parties regarding the budget, he pointed out.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party President Pashupati Shumsher Rana, CPN-ML general secretary CP Mainali, CPN-United President Chandra Dev Joshi, Rastriya Janashakti Party President Surya Bahadur Thapa and President of Nepal Sadbhawana Party Anandidevi Devendra Mishra were among the leaders of the 15 parties who signed the joint statement.

Meanwhile, President Ram Baran Yadav has urged the political parties to move ahead by forging collaboration and unity to consolidate democracy and peace in the country.


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