Kathmandu – Eight different leftist parties have decided to stage protests on Tuesday against 25-point joint statement between Nepal and India signed during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s India visit on September 16, 2016. 

Issuing a joint appeal on Monday, leaders from eight different leftist parties urged all to participate in the protest. According to them, staging protest is the need of the hour as 25-point joint statement has jeopardized Nepal’s national sovereignty. 

The appeal, signed by Communist Party of Nepal (Revolutionary Maoist), Communist Party of Nepal (Mashal), Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist), CPN (Marxist), Janamorcha Nepal, Rastriya Janamorcha and Patriotic People’s Democratic Front, Nepal, reads, “Defense of national independence and national sovereignty has been a central issue for now.” 

Leaders hold a view that the Nepal-India joint statement has undermined the independence of Nepal and Nepalese people because it reflects Indian hegemony and the Nepalese government’s submission to the southern neighbor.

The eight left parties are staging protest on Tuesday with slogans: Abrogate 25-point joint statement! Uphold non-aligned foreign policy! We won’t let Bhutanise Nepal! Down with foreign subservience! Down with world imperialism and Indian expansionism! Control price hike and black marketeering!

The rally will begin from Sundhara, Kathmandu at 1 PM and will convert into a corner speech after reaching Shanti Batika at 3 PM. Leaders like CP Gajurel, CP Mainali, Chitra Bahadur KC, Sadhya Bahadur Bhandari will address the gathering.

When asked how will the movement go ahead in the days to come, Patriotic People’s Democratic Front Chairman CP Gajurel said, “we will try our best to broaden the movement by working jointly with the entire leftist and patriotic forces including CPN (Maoist) led by Netra Bikram Chand and Workers Peasants Party led by Narayanman Bijukchhe, among others.” 

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