While the ruling party the Nepali Congress is engrossed in infighting, the main opposition UML is gearing up to amend the constitution, and the third largest party, the RPP, is getting ready to start a farmers' agitation very soon. The recently concluded 19th central committee meeting has already taken a decision regarding this. The details of the agitation have not yet been made public, but according to the party deputy chief, this agitation will centre around 20 places in the country.
The agitation is going to focus on the problems faced by the farmers, the exploitation they are subjected to, the decrease in the prices of agricultural products, the rise in the prices of fertilizers, petroleum products and sugar, the Kamaiya issue and the security of people engaged in the agricultural sector. The RPP wants the government to provide security to the farmers, buy their products at a reasonable rate, discourage foreign agricultural products from entering the country and develop foreign markets for our products. The party wants the government to increase the price of agricultural good in the same ratio at which prices of other consumer goods have risen.