Province 2 ministers mark Constitution Day as ‘Black Day’
September 21, 2019 07:42 AM NPT
By: Suresh Yadav
Province 2 Infrastructure Development Minister and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal leader Jitendra Sonal (front row, fourth from right) and former RJPN chief Mahantha Thakur among others participate in a demonstration organized in protest against the constitution, in Janakpur on Friday. The country marked the fourth Constitution Day on Friday. Photo: Suresh Yadav/Republica
JANAKPUR, Sept 21: As the people marked the Constitution Day with fanfare across the country, Chief Minister of Province 2, Lalbabu Raut, snubbed all of the functions organized on the occasion.
Some of provincial ministers, however, attended the anti-constitution protests to mark the day as a black day. The ministers’ protest was organized just after civil servants and members of security forces organized a rally in support of the constitution.
Chief Minister Raut didn’t attend a cleanup program that was attended by chief district officers and top civil servants and mayor of Janakpurdham.
As per agreement reached during the all-party meeting, it had been decided that all stakeholders would be present at the Janaki Temple on Friday, to mark the Constitution Day. But Chief Minister Raut and his ministers didn’t show up as promised.
Instead, Principle Secretary Shankar Subedi led the celebration.
Shortly after the celebration function, ministers and lawmakers elected from Raut’s party, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, marked the Constitution Day as a Black Day.
Physical Infrastructure Development Minister Jitendra Sonal, Inustry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Ram Naresh Raya and Social Development Minister Nawal Kishor Sah carried black banners in their hands and wore black bands around their heads and chanted anti-constitution slogans.
In his address to the party supporters Chief Minister Raut warned that the country would face serious consequences if the constitution amendment was delayed. In the evening, RJPN cadres enforced a 15-minute black out in protest of the ‘discriminatory’ provisions in the Constitution starting from 7 pm.