"Through this debate in the house, we want to exert moral pressure on the government to reconsider its decisions that have resulted in price hikes," NCP-UML
legislator Subash Nembang told Kyodo News.
The NCP regained its status as the largest party in the house after the NCP-UML
, which had the majority position with 89 seats, split into two parties last February.
The NCP is Nepal's largest political party, while the NCP-UML
is the mainline left outfit.
Hundreds of NCP-UML
workers marched in procession in the interior parts of the city, raising such slogans as ''withdraw the October order!'' and ''down with regression!''
But the NCP-UML
, the second largest party, is opposed to restoration of the house and wants an all-party government to replace the present government headed by Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand.
General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal said more agitation would be held in the future should the king continue to ignore their demand.
did not give a specific reason for the merger.
, with 70 seats in Nepal's 205-member parliament, is the principal opposition party.
Madhav Kumar Nepal, general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)(NCP-UML
), is among the 71 people held, a spokesman for the party said.
The strike, called by the main opposition party, the Nepal Communist Party (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (NCP-UML
), halted traffic and shut down businesses in cities across the country.
Police and witnesses said the strike, supported by five different leftist political parties, including the main opposition Nepal Communist Party (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (NCP-UML
), even touched off some violence in which about 30 people were hurt.
Outside parliament, six opposition parties, including the main opposition Nepal Communist Party (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (NCP-UML
) and the National Democratic Party (NDP), issued a joint statement saying they would continue the boycott until a committee is formed.