Bara, January 17:

Seven agitating political parties today staged a protest rally in Kalaiya calling on the public to boycott the upcoming municipal polls. Earlier, UML district secretary Achyut Mainali announced a series of protest programmes.

The joint agitation committee is scheduled to stage a protest rally on January 24, torch rally on January 25 and demonstrate black flags and banners from January 25 till February 8.

The committee said other protest programmes included a rally and burning of effigy of regression on February 1, sit-in and gherao at the Election Office on February 6, torch rally and black-out on February 7 and grand demonstration on February 8.

All these protest programmes will be centered around polling centres. Apart from these programmes, wall writings, motorcycle and cycle rallies and door-to-door programmes will be also organised, Mainali said.

A poll boycott town coordination committee has also been formed in Kalaiya.