KATHMANDU: Vehicles have started plying on roads immediately after the agitating Brahmin-Chhetri Samaj called off their dawn to dusk Nepal bandh on Saturday morning.
Though their talks with government yielded no results on Friday, they decided to lift off the bandh citing the impending festivals of the different ethnic groups.
"We have decided to call off today's bandh taking into consideration the festivals of different ethnic groups at hand," Narayan Prasad Adhikari, chairman of Brahmin Samaj, told the News 24, a local television channel.
Academic institutions, business hubs, transportation services had downed their shutters on Thursday and Friday at the call of the joint struggle committee comprising of Chhetri Samaj, Brahmin Samaj, Thakuri Samaj, Dashnami Samaj, Dalit Janajagaran Sewa Sangh, Vibhedh Mukti Pragatisheel Samaj and the Federation of Marginalised Groups.
Though the joint struggle committee withdrew the bandh, their supporters were seemed to be unaware of the declaration which obliged them to burn Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s effigy at Gongabu chowk in the morning.
They continued obstructing roads causing difficulties to commuters at some junctions in Kathmandu including Gongabu Chowk.
The agitating groups called the nation-wide shutdown against the ethnicity-based federalism and upon a demand that Brahmins and Chhetris be listed under the indigenous category.