KATHMANDU: The Unified CPN-Maoist today decided to call Nepal bandh on April 12 to protest the government’s decision to award the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) contract to India.

The decision was taken by a meeting of the party’s office bearers held at the residence of chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Nayabazaar.

In a press statement, Prachanda said the government not only violated the existing laws, but also defied orders of the Public Accounts Committee.

“We have announced a Nepal bandh on April 12 demanding withdrawal of the government’s anti-nation move and dissolution of the anti-nation government,” the statement said.

According to the party’s secretary CP Gajurel, the party will begin protest programmes from both the parliament and the streets until the government takes back its decision.

Maoist chairman Prachanda also urged the general public and all “patriotic and democratic forces” to unite to actively participate in the struggle and make the agitation successful.