Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal led faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has announced its fourth phase of protest programme against the government's move of dissolving the House of Representatives.

The party announced the fourth phase of protest programmes at a press conference called in the party office, Parisdanda, today. The Dahal-Nepal faction has been protesting since the HoR dissolution on December 20.

The Dahal-Nepal faction had completed three phases of protest with a mass meeting in Kathmandu on February 10.

NCP's leader Yogesh Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha informed at the press meet that the new protest programme would begin from February 17 and conclude on February 27.

As per new protest programme, district-level demonstrations will be held in all 77 districts from February 17 to 24.

Likewise, the disgruntled faction has also decided to form a human chain around Tundikhel in Kathmandu on February 18. The human chain around Tundikhel, is however, being organised to protest the government's failure to control the rising cases of violence against women seen in the recent times.

The party leaders will then organise a ward-level protest programme on February 19, and signature campaigns will be organised at various places across the country against the government move, from February 19 to 27.

The faction will hold interaction among intellectuals against the 'regressive' move of the government on February 20, while women-led demonstrations will be held on February 21. Various ethnic groups, minorities and Dalits will organise demonstrations on February 22. A youthled rally will be held on February 27 and farmers and landless squatters will join the protest on February 27.

The faction will also organise a mass rally in Chitwan on February 24, which will be addressed by senior leaders, including Dahal and Nepal.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 15, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.