Jhapa, August 26
Local political parties in Jhapa today struck an agreement committing themselves to upholding the existing social, communal and religious harmony.
At a discussion held in Birtamod, Jhapa, today, the parties sealed a six-point agreement pledging to prevent any sort of social, cultural, religious hostility between or among the diverse religious, cultural, communal and linguistic communities. The parties have also pledged to caution their central leadership against anything of that sort.
Similarly, identifying the use of the national flag in any sort of agitation or demonstration as ‘misuse’ of the national emblem, the parties have also resolved not to use the flag in demonstrations or urge others towards that effect here in the future too.
Meanwhile, an agreement has also been reached among the parties that private two-wheelers and emergency and press vehicles and those carrying milk, vegetables and human rights activists and diplomatic personalities will be allowed during the bandh called on by Federal Limbuwan Party in the nine districts east of the Arun River on August 31 and September 1.
They have also agreed to consider positively whether the education institutions could be run during general strikes.
Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, Unified CPN-Maoist, CPN-Maoist, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Federal Social Forum Nepal, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Sadbhawana Party, Federal Limbuwan Party-Nepal, among others, signed the agreement.
A version of this article appears in print on August 27, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.