Province 2 Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Gyanendra Kumar Yadav has staged sit-in outside the premises of Nepal Rastra Bank, Janakpur for operating on the day of Krishna Janmashtami. A week after he padlocked the main gate of the central bank in Janakpur, Dhanusha, for defying holiday on Rakshya Bandhan festival, Minister Yadav has once again joined a sit-in protest outside the bank on Sunday.
Officials at NRB say the central bank comes under purview of the federal government, and that they are not obliged to follow the public holidays announced by the state government.
Minister Yadav, however, is of the view that the public holidays announced by the provincial government is not a matter of choice. He said he will go all the way to make sure every institution remains closed on public holidays. A Cabinet meeting of Provincial 2 government on Thursday had announced a public holiday on Janmashtami. The decision was also communicated to the NRB, the District Administration Office, the District Court, and the High Court. While the two courts followed the public holiday order, NRB and the District Administration Office remained open on Sunday, much to the annoyance of Minister Yadav and the supporters of various Madhes-centric parties. A crowd gathered outside the NRB office and began protesting against the alleged insolence displayed by the bank. When police intervened and rounded 12 protesters from the site, Minister Yadav himself joined the protest.
Chief District Officer Premlal Lamichhane, Superintendent of Police Govinda Thapaliya and Superintendent of Armed Police Force Raju Pandey reached the incident site and tried to convince the agitating minister to end the protest. The latter, however, set the conditions of freeing the detained protesters and closing the bank. The protesters were freed, as demanded by Minister Yadav, but NRB Manager Naresh Shakya refused to close the bank without the centre’s express instruction. The minister staged the sit-in outside the bank till 5pm.
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