CPN-UML puts off Mechi-Mahakali campaign for 3 days

KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML has put off the ongoing Mechi-Mahakali campaign for three days in the wake of violent demonstration against the party, in which some casualties have been reported, in Saptari.

Police said one person was killed in firing during a clash between security personnel and cadres of Madhesi parties, who tried to foil the UML's mass meeting near Rajbiraj today. The United Democratic Madhesi Front, on the other hand, claimed four persons lost their life after being hit by police bullets.

Former Prime Ministers KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal were taking part in their party's function at Maleth VDC, outside Rajbiraj.

In a statement, the chief of party's publicity department, Yogesh Bhattarai, said that the campaign will resume on Friday, March 10.

Condemning violent activities of the UDMF cadres who tried to obstruct the party's function, the party expressed grief over reported casualty.

The party had foreseen a conspiracy to prevent elections and ultimately fail the Constitution by pushing the country into confrontation,  Bhattarai said, adding, "Today's incident proves conspiratorial and destructive activities on the guise of UDMF."