May 19 , 2014
Leaders of different political parties have showed solidarity to the ongoing protest organized by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) for the last 20 days.
JTCC has been organizing series of protest against NTB, putting forth demands like removal of Subash Nirola from the post of acting CEO of NTB to pave the way for early appointment of new CEO, independent audit of expenditures made by NTB over the past five years, and institutional representation of private sector in the board of NTB, among others.
Former Prime Ministers Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the relay hunger site on Monday and expressed solidarity to the ongoing protest. "I show my solidarity to the relay hunger strike organized by JTCC to protest irregularities and corruption in NTB. I also request the authorities concerned to fulfill the genuine demands raised by the tourism entrepreneurs," Bhattarai said at the program.
Similarly, Former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said he has already talked with CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal regarding demands placed by JTCC. "Your demands are genuine. I will draw the attention of the concerned authorities toward our demand," he added.
Former home minister and joint general secretary of Nepali Congress Purna Bahadur Khadka also expressed solidarity to the ongoing protest. He also said he would draw the attention of concerned government officials toward demands put forth by JTCC.
On Sunday, CPN-UML vice president Bidya Bhandari had expressed solidarity to the hunger strike. Terming the demands put forth by JTCC as genuine, she said: "I express solidarity to the relay hunger strike organized by JTCC." Bikash Lamsal, CPN-UML lawmaker from Parbat, also expressed solidarity to the ongoing protest.
Similarly, UCPN (Maoist) leader Agni Sapkota also expressed solidarity to the ongoing protest and assured that he would play the needful role from his party to address the demand at the earliest.
UML leader Prakash Jwala said he would personally talk with tourism minister Bhim Acharya regarding the demand put forward by JTCC. "I am aware of the irregularities at NTB," he said, expressing solidarity to the ongoing protest.
Likewise, Mahesh Basnet, chairman of Youth Association Nepal, expressed the solidarity of his association to the ongoing protest. He also said the association was ready to provide necessary support to the protest.
Pampha Dhamala, board member of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), along with 24 other representatives of different travel trade associations participated in the hunger strike in the morning session on Monday.