KATHMANDU: As agitating CPN-UML-aligned Youth Association Nepal (YAN) has gave continuity to its four- hour long strike on Tuesday as well to press Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to step down and pave the way for national consensus government, morning life across the country has been thrown out of gear.
Today is the third day of strike and as on Sunday and Monday, the strike will stay from 6:00 am to 10:00, says YAN.
"But today's strike is across the nation."
Commuters have been hit hard as the public vehicles are not plying on the road. Taxi drivers and bikers are opting for the inner streets in the valley .
Public vehicles like micro-vans, tempos, buses are not seen playing on roads fearing the possible vandalism and intimidation from the bandh enforcers, who are ranting slogans against PM and the government at the major chowks of Kathmandu valley.
YAN says this strike is a part of its agitation programmes to topple the incumbent government.16 youth and student organisations aligned with opposition parties have expressed their solidarity to YFN-organised protests.
Nepal police personnel have been mobilised to prevent any untoward incidents during the imposed bandh.
College goers, vegetable sellers and government officials are having tough time as vehicular movement is affected due to the imposed close-down. Schools and colleges that run regular classes in the morning have been closed owing to the shutdown. Meanwhile, some private schools have decided to begin classes from 11:00 am.
The morning strike also caused traffic congestion in different parts of Kathmandu on Sunday and Monday after 10 am.
Nine student unions have made public their third-stage programmes against the government. As part of the protests, agitated students will enforce hourlong demonstration at chowks close to public campuses and bar government vehicles from the road during tomorrow’ demonstrations. They will stage demonstrations at District Education Offices at 11am on Wednesday.