Blockade will formally end soon: govt spokesman

KATHMANDU: Minister for Information and Communication Sherdhan Rai, who is also the government spokesperson, said that the blockade was going to end soon.

According to him, the government would make a formal announcement after the blockade ended and an agreement with the agitating Madhesi parties to resolve the ongoing crisis was struck.

"Discussions have been held at diplomatic level while not compromising the national independence," he said, "Consequently, we will announce the end of all political problems and the undeclared blockade."

He was speaking with media corps in Kathmandu on Sunday.


The Minister claimed that the government was successful in giving a way-out to the nation despite the fact that the undeclared blockade had begun before the incumbent Cabinet had taken over.

Rai listed endorsement of the Bill on of Earthquake Affected Structures, formation of the National Reconstruction Authority and inauguration of the national reconstruction mega-campaign as major successes of the government.

"Preparing a base for a long-term trade and transit agreement was also an achievement of the government," he added.

Meanwhile, the CPN-UML leader defended that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expanded the Cabinet as big as to 40 members "in order to implement the Constitution."