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Opposition alliance unveils plan for protest: To protest against the ruling parties' decision to initiate the voting process on disputed issues of constitution writing, the 30-party alliance led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) organised rallies across the country on February 21. The first phase of protest will continue until February 28 when the alliance will hold a mass meeting in Kathmandu. The second phase of the protest will conclude on March 29 before the alliance launches what they call "decisive movement" from March 30. eKantipur, February 20, 2015.

Ongoing process for new constitution in CA would not be scrapped at any cost, says Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Prakash Man Singh on February 18 said that the ongoing process for new constitution in the Constituent Assembly (CA) would not be scrapped at any cost. He said that the CA meeting has been postponed for forging consensus. He, however, said that the constitution would be promulgated even through voting process if consensus bid failed. eKantipur, February 19, 2015.

Maoist agitation will rise from grave, warns UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on February 13 called his party cadres to move ahead adopting the path of revolt, revolution and struggle. He has stressed on the need to protect the Maoist agitation by learning from their past mistake and said that it was time to wake up in order to protect the achievements obtained so far.

UA day earlier, he had warned of running a parallel government at the center if the ruling parties move ahead with the process of bringing a majority-based constitution. Dahal said he would ask the United Nations (UN) and the international community as to which government is a legitimate one after forming a parallel government at the center. eKantipur, February 14, 2015; My Republica, February 13, 2015.

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