As Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda participates in a large tree planting program to mark the 10th Chure Conservation Day, activists of the Chure and Forest Conservation Campaign continue their sit-in protest in Kathmandu, now on its 25th day.

The 22 protestors, embarked on a 23-day march from Saptari to Kathmandu carrying empty buckets. Their journey began in Bhardah and took them through Chitwan, raising awareness about the need for Chure and forest protection. The team arrived in Kathmandu on May 10 and has been demonstrating since then.

The activists have placed pictures of Prime Minister Dahal, former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Sher Bahadur Deuba, RPP Chairman Rajendra Lingden, and Janata Samajwadi Party Chairman Upendra Yadav in a sarcastic display, indicating that these leaders are “missing” in addressing the pressing issues.

They call on the government to stop the encroachment of the Chure region, ensure the provision of water, and address the water crisis in Madhesh. Their slogans highlight their concerns: “Who is the government responsible for the water crisis in Madhesh?”, “Save trees for water”, and “How much was the movement against Sirsia river pollution and encroachment sold for?” Additionally, they demand the return of encroached Chure and forest area land and its protection.

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