Civil society members demand date for CA polls

Kathmandu, September 20:

Demanding immediate peace talks and announcement of a date for the election to constituent assembly, members of the civil society today protested in front of the Singha Durbar.

Teachers, employees, students, journalists, musicians, indigeneous people and members from different walks of life staged a dharna at the South Gate of the Sigha Durbar with placards as part of the protest programme . “Moriarty, go home,” read one of the placards in the crowd. Addressing the programme, Dr Devendra Raj Panday, the coordinator of the Citizen’s Movement for Democracy and Peace, said the government should listen to people’s voice and hold election to constituent assembly as soon as possible. “The true master of the government is not King Gyanendra or Moriarty but the people of the country, who successfully staged the Jana Andolan. Thus, leaders of the seven-party alliance should not listen to anybody else but the people,” he said.

He said the civil society will keep on urging, requesting and challenging the government, as the government has started “showing characteristics of totalitarianism.”

During the protest, the participants also blocked traffic around Singha Durbar for about one hour.