Update from the National Land Rights Movement - Nepal

Starting from Open theatre, Kathmandu the rally of 1000 women traveled through Ratnapark, Bhotebahal, Kuleshwor and reached at CPN (UML) office, Balkhu Kathmandu. The national land rights movement which started from 15th March, 2011 was followed upon with the full fervor all the participants on the 3rd day of movement also. All of them were tirelessly reciting the slogans. Addressing the movement, Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal, and other political party representative including CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bamdev Gautam, UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal responded to the mass. In the meantime, Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal was gifted a plough by National Land Rights Forum Nepal (NLRF) at UML headquarters in Balkhu, Kathmandu. Accordingly, Prime Minister shared that the raised movement and demand is logical and he is committed in putting forward the demands among concerned ministries for speedy solution of the problem. Similarly CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bamdev Gautam said “We are continuously struggling for rights of the land deprived people including farmers, haliya, and landless people. For addressing a demand we along with our prime minister have a full solidarity and commitment towards movement”. Then the program was followed upon by Far Western Deuda Nepali Song.

After a while all the participants headed towards the CA building, New Baneshwor and holded a rally and “Sit in” program in front of the building. And a Sit-in program was held over there reciting a various slogans repeatedly for long hour. Finally in the leadership of Honorable Shanta Chaudhary Constituent Assembly member and Chair of Natural Resource Sub-Committee, some representatives of NLRF got a chance to put forward their demands by getting inside the CA building. The NLRF team included Baldev Ram, Chairperson of NLRF; Som Prasad Bhandari, Chief Secretary of NLRF, Sita Bishwokarma (Haliya Mahasangh); Nandaa Joshi , Central member of forum, Kailali and Som Karki , Central member of Forum, Saptari respectively. But as of yet no nay conclusion have been made. Hence, the movement would be continued regularly until and unless the demand is considerately looked upon.