Kathmandu: Bustle returned to the Nepalese
capital on Saturday with markets reopening and traffic back on the
streets after Maoists called off their six-day crippling
indefinite strike, prompting the ruling coalition to declare
they were open to a National consensus government.
After intensified public pressure and diplomatic
efforts the Maoists last night decide to withdraw their
strike, which was in place since Sunday.
Ruling alliance members Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and
Sadbhavana Party have welcomed the Maoists decision to
withdraw the indefinite strike, which had caused hardship to
However, the Maoists said that though they withdrew
strike, their protest programmes will continue till their
demands are fulfilled.
"We welcome the Maoists` move to halt their
indefinite strike," Nepali Congress general secretary
Bimalendra Nidhi said.
Now the people are feeling much relieved after the
strike was withdrawn he said and called the former rebels to
call off all kinds of protest programmes and start fresh
dialogue to resolve the present political crisis.
He said before a national consensus government could
be formed the Maoists should dissolve their paramilitary
organisation of the Young Communist League, return the seized
property and manage their combatants.
Welcoming the Maoists move to withdraw the strike,
CPN-UML president Jhalanath Khanal has asked all political
parties including the Maoists to work together towards forming
a national government.
Sadbhavana Party president and Minister for Commerce
Rajendra Mahato said, a consensus must be reached in order to
move ahead the peace process and draft the new constitution.
A new government may be formed by forging consensus
among all political parties, he pointed out.
The issues raised by the Madhesi people should also be
addressed while forging a national consensus, he said.
Any agreement reached without addressing the problems
of the Madhesi people such as their rights, representation and
autonomy of the Madhesi region will be meaning less, he added.
Similarly, the envoys of the US, Norway, Sweden and
Switzerland have welcomed the end of the week long agitation.