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Now it’s time for protest: Upendra Yadav

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BIRATNAGAR — Chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Upendra Yadav has said that the federal alliance will not sit for talks with the government anymore and that the alliance was preparing for launching stringent protests against the government.

Talking to journalists at Biratnagar Airport Wednesday morning, Yadav said that the government did not budge even an inch from its stance even though the alliance sat for dialogue with the government for 36 times.

“Therefore, it is meaningless to hold any talks with the government. We are now making preparations to make our demands heard by means of street protests,” Yadav said.

He added that the alliance will picket Singha Durbar on May 15, warning that the people will retaliate if the government resorted to suppressing the protests.

He argued that local body elections should not be held without finalizing the issue of federalism. He further said that the outline of local governance should be clearly defined in the constitution itself. “The local bodies should be restructured and the constitution should be rewritten. Holding local elections is the right of the provincial governments, not that of the central government.”

Claiming that the federal alliance is not in the game of making or breaking the government, Yadav said the alliance will launch protests to ensure the rights of Madhesis, indigenous people, nationalities, women and Dalits.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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