Stories By 'RANDHIR CHAUDHARY'
On August 23, 30-year-old Ram Manohar Yadav died while receiving treatment in police custody in Bardia district. He had been arrested on the charge of committing rebellious acts against the state.
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Bonhomie is in the air following the news that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Nepal on May 11. He will first visit Janakpurdham, and the provincial government is decorating the religious city with saffron, which is also the emblematic colour of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Unfortunately, while the government is making frantic preparations to give the Indian prime minister a warm welcome, Nepal’s so-called civil society members are pouring venom on his planned trip.
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Madhes-based parties are agonising over whether to join the KP Sharma Oli government or not. As per media reports, constitutional amendment and several ministries have been promised as a quid pro quo for coming on board.
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Nepal has adopted a federal structure after completion of the federal, provincial and local elections. All seven provinces have held their first Provincial Assembly meetings too.
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After the unification of six Madhes-based parties, the commander of the alliance Mahantha Thakur came to Biratnagar on April 23 and spoke at a mass rally, declaring that the constitution should be amended before holding local elections.
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Two phases of local elections have been held, but voters in Province 2 are yet to go to the polls. The newly appointed prime minister has been trying to figure out how elections can be held as scheduled.
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