Nepal anti-Constitution protests continue
The police in Nepal today opened fire at Madhesi activists protesting against the newly unveiled Constitution, injuring three persons in a town bordering India, even as the Prime Minister invited the agitating groups for talks.
Cadres of the Joint Madhesi Front held demonstrations in several places, a day after President Ram Baran Yadav promulgated Nepal’s new Constitution that marked the country’s transition into a fully secular and democratic republic.
At least three persons sustained injuries when the police opened fire to contain the agitating cadres in Biratnagar, a sub metropolitan municipality and second largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu. “The injured are undergoing treatment at a local hospital,” the police said. In Siraha district, the agitators burnt the copies of the new Constitution. Life has been hit in the country due to the month-long agitation by the Madhesi Front and the Tharuwan Struggle Committee in southern and some parts of western Nepal. They have been protesting against federating the country in seven provinces.
Meanwhile, three major political parties — Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist — organised a joint public meeting at Tundikhel Open Ground in the capital today to mark the historic occasion of promulgation of the Constitution.
PM and Nepali Congress chief Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, addressed the public meeting attended by tens of thousands of people.
Koirala urged all to come to the negotiating table to get their concerns addressed. He said that the country should now move toward socio- economic development. “We have to drive the country to economic prosperity through unity,” he said.
Cow is national animal
Cow has been declared the national animal of Nepal in its new Constitution. "As for the pro-Hindus, we have made cow our national animal. Now, the animal has constitutional protection and cow slaughter has also been banned," said Krishna Prasad Sitaula, general secretary of Nepali Congress.