Dang, November 5:

Litterateurs based in Dang have expressed solidarity with the agitation launched by seven political parties. Speaking at an interaction on the ‘Role of Litterateurs in Democratic Movement’, littearteurs and journalists said freedom of speech cannot be exercised in the absence of democracy. The Dang unit of the Progressive Authors’ Association had organised the interaction.

It is high time the litterateurs supported the seven-party alliance for the protection of freedom of speech, said Amar Giri, a litteraturer. “We have no option except to express solidarity with the seven parties, which have been launching an agitation to bring sovereignty back to the people,” he said.

Democracy won’t last long unless each and every sector of the society abides by democratic culture, he said, urging all the literary figures living in the district of Dang to support the ongoing seven-party agitation.

Speaking at the interaction, the editor of Naya Yugbodh daily, Narayan Prasad Sharma, said time has come for everyone to put the misunderstanding aside and back the seven-party agitation. Sharma, who is also the coordinator of the Civil Society (Dang unit), called on all to come on the stage and voice their support for democracy.

The president of the FNJ Dang chapter, Padam Sharma, chaired the programme. The adviser to the FNJ (Dang), Bishnu Pokhrel, the district president of the Nepal Teachers Organisation, Hum Bahadur KC, professor Lekhnath Acharya, litteraturer Narayan Nepal, president of the Rapti Sahitya Parishad, Purushotam Khanal, Tikaram Udashi, Udaya GM, KL Pandit and Lokraj Parajuli shed light on the significance of the programme.

Meanwhile, a report from Lahan said, CPN-UML central committee member Suresh Karki has said that the ongoing agitation launched by the seven-party alliance would succeed in achieving its target.

Addressing the inaugural session of third convention of CPN-UML Lahan Town Committee at Lahan today, Karki said the UML is launching a two-month Loktantrik Jagaran Abhiyan in the rural parts of the country with an aim to aware the people about the ongoing pro-democracy struggle.

Karki, who is also in charge of Sagarmatha Zonal Coordination Committee, also instructed the party workers to actively boycott the municipal poll to make the struggle by the alliance a success.