Civil society groups announce 100-hour sit-in

KATHMANDU; As the days countdown, pressure for promulgating the constitution continues to mount. Civil society groups organised under the banner of ‘Civic Movement for Democracy and Peace’ (CMDP) today announced a 100-hour plus sit-in protest in front of the western gate of the Constituent Assembly (CA) building as part of their ‘Civic Satyagraha’. The sit-in, aimed at exerting pressure on the political parties for promulgating the constitution within May 28 deadline, is slated from Sunday.

The sit-in comes 75 days ahead of the deadline served by the Interim Constitution for penning the constitution.

Dr Devendra Raj Pande, a leader of CMDP told The Himalayan Times that the non-stop 100 hours plus sit-in would start when the clock strikes 10 on Monday morning.

“Unlike previous protests, civil activists from all districts will show up this time,” he added.

Dr Pandey informed that the peaceful protest was meant for exerting pressure on political parties to iron out their differences and exclusively allot their time in promulgating a “forward-looking” and “human rights-friendly” constitution within the limits of time that had already been defined. He appealed to all to express their solidarity for Satyagraha. Earlier on February 25, CMDP had staged a 48-hour sit-in in front of the CA building. One of the techniques involved during the staging of the peaceful protest was singing songs and reciting poetry.