Baidya-led Maoist mulling over bandha withdrawal

Kathmandu: Poll opposing CPN-Maoist is likely to reconsider the 10-day long nationwide bandha (strike) that it has called from November 11 in a bid to foil the Constituent Assembly polls scheduled to be held on November 19.

Mohan Baidya-led Maoist was compelled to reconsider its decision to enforce the bandha following a massive pressure from various walks of life.

Baidya has come under immense pressure to reconsider the bandha decision after the civil society leaders, human rights activists, industrialists and businessmen have urged him to withdraw bandha arguing that such protest programme would only make a public life difficult and push the economy into the doldrums.

Following the requests from various quarters of society to roll back the decision of bandha, CPN-Maoist chairperson Baidya is now holding internal meetings with party rank and file towards that end. Informing nepalireporter.com that he has got requests from different quarters to reconsider the bandha, Baidya said they were holding internal discussions whether to call off the bandha or go with the planned programme.

Earlier yesterday, prominent civil society leader Daman Nath Dhungana has met Baidhya and requested him to cancel the bandha.