SSP, MFJ-G inclusion in Madhes alliance remains uncertain

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 13, 2014-

Even though the recently revived Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), an alliance of six Madhes-based parties, had decided to bring in Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party (SSP) headed by Anil Jha and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Gantantrik (MJF-G) chaired by  Rajkishore Yadav in the alliance, the plan has not materialised owing to the reservation from some alliance members.

Upendra Yadav of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal (MJF-N) has expressed concern over the status of the two parties saying that they support the ruling alliance. He wants the leaders of the two parties to explain how they could remain with both ruling and opposition alliance at the same time. “I have no issue with these parties joining the alliance. But it is better if they clarify how they plan to remain in both the ruling and the opposition fronts,” MJF-N Chairman Upendra Yadav said recently.

Jha’s party had extended support to Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala for the latter’s ascent to the post of prime minister. However, Rajkishore-led MJF-G had not made such a  move.

Informed interlocutors said that MJF-N Chairman Upendra Yadav is against bringing its breakaway party, MJF-G, in the alliance. The Rajkishore Yadav-headed MJF-G was a previous member of SLMM when MJF-N was not.

Sources said  that Sadbhawana Party Rajendra Mahato is also not willing to ally with its breakaway party, SSP. SSP Chairman Anil Jha has said that his party has not taken any decision on joining the Madhesi alliance. He added that the alliance has not approached his party on the matter.

Ideological and personality clashes among the leaders of some Madhes-based parties in the past have prompted numerous break-ups, and as a result, emergence of new parties. One such party is the Upendra Yadav-led MJF-N whose senior leader Bijaya Gachhadar had split from the party and went on to form the MJF-Loktantrik.

Another MJF-N leader, JP Gupta, had also quit the party following a disagreement with the leadership of Upendra Yadav.

In fact, Upendra Yadav’s position in the alliance, remains unclear. He has remained absent in recent meetings of the alliance. Observers point out that the MJF-N chairman wants to project himself as a different leader. “That is the reason why he proposed a separate proposal on contentious issues of constitution than the Madhesi alliance,” Chandrakishore, an analyst on Madhes politics.

Published: 14-12-2014 09:27

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