remarks made by Nefin Secretary Aang Kaji Sherpa was provocative and would instigate racial conflict: Koirala

KATHMANDU, MAY 21 – Top brass leaders of major political parties have condemned the attack on press vehicles and reporters on the first day of the three-day general strike called by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin) on Sunday. The leaders have also urged the agitating ethnic groups to call off the ongoing strike to create an environment for writing the new constitution.

Speaking at a programme in the Capital, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala said that the remarks made by Nefin Secretary Aang Kaji Sherpa was provocative and would instigate racial conflict. He urged the ethnic leaders not to make such remarks.

Koirala criticised the threat to journalists issued by Sherpa. He called on the agitating groups to call off their strike programmes and come for dialogue.

At the Reporters Club in the Capital on Sunday, Sherpa had remarked that the Reporters Club Chairman Rishi Dhamala and other journalists would be finished off if they tried to retaliate against the ongoing strike called by ethnic groups.

Another NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba urged the agitators to call off the strike and maintain harmony in the society.

Senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal also condemned the attack on press vehicles and media persons during the first-day of the strike called by ethnic gropus.

Accusing the UCPN (Maoist) of promoting such protests, leader Nepal warned the Maoist to shun their “dual character” by staying in the government. He refused to sit for talks with the protestors until they call off their strike.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the major parties parted their ways to meet again later on today. Leaders have said that they will sit for talks only after addressing the demands of protestors. The major-party meet was convened after the talks with the representative of Nefin.Ekantipur Report

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