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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

Nepal’s two major parties boycott house

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 08 April, ( Ruling CPN-UML and the main opposition party Nepali Congress on Tuesday boycotted the regular house proceedings, alleging that the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which heads the government, failed to meet their demands.

The CPN-UML, which is the second largest ally in the coalition government, boycotted house alleging that the Maoist did not help apprehend the murderer of its Prachanda Thaiba.

Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle had shot dead UML cadre Prachanda Thaiba on March 26 as he was returning home in Butwal, a small town lying in southern part of the country. Thaiba, a cadre of the UML's youth wing, Youth Force (YF), died on the spot.

The UML has alleged that the Maoist's sister organization Young Communist League (YCL) was behind the murders an allegation Maoist has been denying so far.

These two youth organizations of the ruling parties now have animosity for a long.

Addressing Tuesday’s session of the parliament, the UML whip Bhim Acharya said his party would continue boycotting the house until the murder of Thaiba is brought to justice. He also criticized Prime Minister for giving protection to criminals before waking out of the parliament. All other UML lawmakers had followed suit to him.

The main opposition party Nepali Congress also boycotted the house proceedings alleging that the ruling Maoist was bent on demoralizing national army and interfering independent judiciary. The party also expressed dissatisfaction over the remarks made by Prime Minister Dahal against them.

Addressing a rally organized by the Maoist on Monday, Prime Minister Dahal had termed leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML as "criminals". "We will boycott house proceedings until the prime minister makes clarification on this in the house," said Laxman Ghimire, who is chief of the Nepali Congress.

The next house session is called for Wednesday afternoon.

The ongoing winter session called a week ago has already been boycotted for three times by both ruling and opposition parties.

- Asian Tribune -

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