Protests against hydropower move

Kathmandu, January 29:

The Maoists are going to make the agreement made by the government with GMR Energy Company in Upper Karnali Hydro-electricity Project an issue in the forthcoming election of the constituent assembly.

“We’ll launch a series of protests against the government’s decision to hand over construction of Upper Karnali Project to foreign parties. Those, who ‘sell out’ natural resources and talk of nationality will have to face the consequences in the election,” said former Maoist minister Khadga Bikram Bishwakarma, while addressing a protest programme against the construction agreement with the Indian power company.

Bishwakarma is the chairman of Bheri Karnali National Liberation Front of the Maoists.

The protest programme was organised by the three Maoist-affiliated ethnic-regional fronts.

According to him, the interim government has no right to make such an agreement.

Dirinda Upaddhyaya, a central committee member of All Nepal Women’s Organisation Revolutionary, said the locals of the Malakali would come to the capital and stage protest outside the Singha Durbar.

The orgnisers have also handed over memorandum to the prime minister, minister for water resources, speaker and other parties, demanding to scrap the agreement on Upper Karnali.