A consortium of seven major political parties plans to organise an all-party public meeting on 10 May in Kathmandu. The meeting is a symbolic move to protect the achievements made in the 1990 People's Movement, and to protest the violence, murder and destruction carried out by the Maoists.
The gathering will be addressed by Girija Prasad Koirala of the Nepali Congress, Madhav Kumar Nepal of the CPN-UML, Surya Bahadur Thapa of the RPP, Badri Prasad Mandal of Nepal Sadbhavana Party, Narayan Man Bijukchhe of the Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party, Chitra Bahadur KC of the Rastriya Jana Morcha and Amik Serchan of the United People's Front. For two days before the public meeting, the leaders of all the political parties participating will tour the Valley in open-roofed vehicles to appeal to the people to participate on 10 May. The all-party meeting held on 30 April at the central office of the Nepali Congress directed their workers to initiate activities to urge the general public to participate in the meeting, and all seven parties have begun collective and individual preparations to do so.
"Kathmandu's public has always stood up for truth, justice and development. We want to tell them that the rights won through the successful People's Movement of 1990 are being targeted and that Nepal's sovereignty is being threatened. It is important to convince the people that the political parties which headed the 1990 movement are again united to oppose the attack on democracy," said Krishna Gopal Shrestha of the CPN-UML, after the meeting. Shrestha further added that the consortium of parties expects an overwhelming response, with conscious and justice-loving members of the public participating to oppose the conspiracy against the people's rights and democracy.
The next all-party meeting is scheduled for 4 May. A four-point agenda has been fixed for the all-party public meeting on 10 May:
- Protect the achievements made through the 1990 People's Movement;
- protect the country from all forms of extremism;
- protest the violence, murder and terrorism;
- move ahead for progress and change.