HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Rastriya Janamukti Party (RJP) today called off its three-day general strike after its Vice-chairman KP Palungwa and Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Satya Pahadi inked a six-point deal.
The government agreed to address five-point demand of the organisers, including half-a-dozen ethnic organisations and the RJP, whose chairman Malwar Singh Thapa is the Minister for Labour and Transport Management, and release cadres arrested on the eve of the bandh. Government agreed to address the constitution related demands through concerned authorities.
The demands include timely statue, special privileges for the marginalised, indigenous and ethnic groups in the new constitution as well as ethnic federalism. Yesterday, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had told Minister Thapa to call off the bandh. At the Cabinet meeting held earlier in the day, PM Bhattarai had urged Thapa to call off the bandh or quit the government.