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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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