KATHMANDU, Jan 8: The Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) on Tuesday announced a series of protest programs demanding that their demands be met immediately.
Organizing a press meet at the Reporters´ Club Nepal in the capital, PAPAD has forwarded a six-point demand to the government. It has said that the recent activities of the parties have jeopardized the achievements of the April movement.
PAPAD, which is an alliance of various professional organizations, had played a key role during the democratic movement of 2006.
PAPAD has asked the parties to forge consensus within the deadline issued by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav or allow the president to take necessary steps in the interests of the country. It has also asked the parties to hold decisive talks for the formation of a national consensus government, arguing that it would be a betrayal to the people to form a government under the leadership of an independent candidate.
PAPAD has warned of the threat of a totalitarian ruler if the political vacuum persists. Among other things, PAPAD has demanded that the government immediately start the process for establishing people´s representative body, make appointments to the vacant posts in constitutional bodies and stop taking arbitrary decisions.
Addressing the press meet, PAPAD Chairman Mahendra Bahadur Gurung said they cannot remain a mute spectator at a time when the parties have failed to institutionalize the achievements of the April movement. “We feel the need for another movement to institutionalize the achievements," he said.
President of Nepal Medical Association (NMA) Dr Kiran Prasad Shrestha said they were forced to take to the streets as the political parties had failed to safeguard the achievements of the April movement. Warning that they would close all the health institutions if the parties failed to meet their demands, Shrestha said the political parties should take responsibility for the unpleasant situation.
Likewise, Secretary of Nepal University Teacher´s Association Buddha Bahadur Thapa argued, "No one can afford to remain a mute spectator at this critical juncture," he further said.