Kathmandu: The Federal Alliance or Sanghiya Gathbandhan formed by the Madhesi and Janajati forces on Tuesday intensified their Kathmandu-centric agitation as they protested outside Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli official residence in Baluwatar.
Tension ran high in Baluwatar after a clash broke out between cadres of the Federal Alliance and police personnel, reports the Himalayan Times.
The clash on the third day of its Kathmandu-centric protests broke out after the cadres of Alliance tried to enter the prohibited zone.
After protesting outside Singha Durbar, two consecutive days on Sunday and Monday, the Alliance had yesterday decided to picket the Oli’s official residence in Baluwatar.
The alliance comprising of 27 political parties, including seven Madhesi forces, which have formed the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) had announced protest to exert pressure on the government to address their longstanding demands.
The disgruntled Madhesi parties demand redrawing provincial boundaries and amending some provisions of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, normal life and Traffic in Baluwatar and surrounding areas have been disrupted due to the ongoing protest.
Prime Minister Oli had yesterday expressed his intense dissatisfaction over what he called ‘drama’ being staged by the Federal Alliance.
“Why this show-business on the road without any reason?” If you are really into politics to work for the people, come and join our hands to volunteer in the reconstruction of earthquake-ravaged regions,” Kathmandu Post quoted him as saying.
Oli remarked that the Gathabandhan has now come to Kathmandu after people stopped supporting it following extreme hardships they had to suffer during the months-long Tarai banda and blockade, while speaking at a programme organised by his party CPN-UML in the Capital.
He also warned of resorting to strict legal measures to discourage violence in the alliance’s protest.
“I urge concerned stakeholders to stage peaceful demonstration. Do not resort to vandalism,” he said, “I have sensed that leaders are trying to adopt violet paths. There is law in our country and government is committed to implementing it when necessary, ” he said.
Oli asserted that there is terrible conspiracy hidden behind the alliance’s demand to rewrite the constitution.
He reiterated that he would work for the interest of people and his intentions were well manifested by the policy and programme and the upcoming budget would further clear them.