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Indigenous groups close to Dahal-Nepal faction of Nepal Communist Party hold protest rally against House dissolution

2021-02-23

Province 3, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Indigenous groups close to the Dahal-Nepal faction of the Nepal Communist Party on Tuesday took out a protest rally in Kathmandu against the dissolution of the House of Representatives by the KP Sharma Oli-led government.

The rally was jointly organized by the Dahal-Nepal faction-affiliated Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, All Nepal Women’s Association, Madhesi National Liberation Front, Nepal/ Nepal Democratic Madhesi Association, Tharu National Liberation Front, Nepal/ Nepal Democratic Tharu Association, and Muslim Association, Nepal.

The rally began from Shanti Batika and moved through Bhotahiti, Ason, and Indra Chowk before converging into an assembly at Basantapur.

The Dahal-Nepal faction, which parted ways with Oli following his December 20 move of dissolving the lower house of Parliament and announcing snap elections, has been holding rallies and mass gatherings in Kathmandu and other parts of the country demanding the reinstatement of the House. The faction has termed Oli’s move unconstitutional and undemocratic.

While the Supreme Court is testing the constitutionality of the House dissolution decision, the Election Commission has been examining the dispute over the legitimacy of the Nepal Communist Party, which is practically split but technically united.


Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Contestation over Constitution and federal restructuring
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations NCP (Nepal Communist Party) and Affiliates , Other indigenous organizations
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media

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