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Political activity picks up in Nepal

April 26, 2006 13:42 IST
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Political activity is picking up in Nepal ahead of the reconvening of the sacked Parliament on Friday.

The constituent unity of the Seven Party Alliance, which selected Girija Prasad Koirala as prime minister, have begun meetings ahead of Thursday's big rally at the open air theatre in Kathmandu.

The Nepali Congress (Democratic), is holding a Central Working Committee meeting at the party office in Maharajgunj.

Sources told UNI the meeting, which was to begin at 0900 hours, is expected to come up with its future agenda.

In another development, there are reports that the Speaker of the revived Assembly Taranath Rana Bhatt was thinking of resigning, but this could not be confirmed yet.

Thursday's march rally, to be addressed by leaders of all seven parties, will publicise its greater political agenda including the roadmap which calls for elections to a Constituent Assembly.

Informed sources in Kathmandu told UNI the task before the SPA would include resolving the Maoist problem, bringing the army under Parliament, coping with coalition partners, paving way for inclusive democracy, meeting aspirations for unbridled freedom and dealing with reactionary forces.

However, it will be a daunting challenge for the parties to curb public anger if they are not able to fulfil their commitment.

On Tuesday, the victory rally near Ratnapath close to the venue of Thursday's march rally, engaged in stone throwing and tore down pictures and posters of King Gyanendra.

Meanwhile, the situation in Kathmandu is fully normal. All shops are open and there is a large number of people and vehicles on the streets.

Tourists, which had so far stayed indoors, are now again freely roaming on the streets. All schools shut since April 16, will now reopen on Sunday.

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