Maoist leader Gurung backs agitating businessmen

Kathmandu, September 20:

Members of the business community today resented the “attacks” launched on them both by the Maoists and the government, warning of a protest if the “attacks” are not stopped, even as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Chitra Bahadur KC said the business leaders who have not paid loan should not warn of a protest. “It is bad to warn of a protest after not paying loan,” KC said at the Reporters’ Club.

KC said the loan defaulters should not be excused even if they warn of a stir since they have made merry with money of the depositors.

At the same programme, Maoist leader Dev Gurung expressed solidarity with the protest being considered by the business community.

“The government has failed to restore law and order. Extortion by the Maoists is on the rise. Trade unions are stepping up pressure, ruling out anything good,” FNCCI president Chandi Raj Dhakal said. The blacklist of loan defaulters was drawn up with definite bias against the business community.

Diwakar Golcha said extortion and arbitrary taxation should be stopped in the interest of the business.