Protest against Nepal Vice President for taking oath in HindiJuly 24th, 2008 - 4:08 pm ICT by ANI
Kathmandu, July 24 (ANI): There were minor demonstrations in Nepal against the newly elected Vice President Parmananda Jha after he took his oath of office and secrecy in Hindi.
According to Nepalnews, student organisations affiliated with different parties staged demonstrations today. They demanded that Jha apologize for taking oath in a “foreign language”.
Residents of Gajuri in Dhading district also barred vehicles from plying on the road by imposing transportation strike.
They said that this was a matter of grave concern, putting at risk the sovereignty of the country.
In Butwal, youths chanted slogans against Jha. They blocked traffic on major roads and intersections. There were reports of protests in Makwanpur, Rupandehi, Nawalparasi, Dadelhura and Tahahun also.
On Wednesday, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, clad in the Nepal costume, had taken the oath of office and secrecy in Nepali. However, when he administered the oath of office to Vice President Jha, who was clad in a dress many identify with Indian parliamentarians, the latter preferred to take it in Hindi.
According to an independent statistics, only 0.05 per cent of people living in Terai speak Hindi. The majority of the people there speak Bhojpuri, Maithali, Avadhi and other local dialects. (ANI)
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