Anti-deal parties seek Prez help

  • Request Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to correct ‘regressive’ move
- Roshan Sedhai, Kathmandu

Jun 13, 2015-

Five Madhesi and Janajati parties, which are opposed to the 16-point deal on constitution writing, submitted a memorandum to President Ram Baran Yadav on Saturday, urging him to intervene to correct the major parties’ “unconstitutional” move.

Leaders of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN), Sadbhawana Party and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party charged that the four parties had been suppressing the voices of Madhesi, Janajati and other marginalised communities.

The alliance of the five parties, however, has not been able to set its future course after the 13 opposition parties in the CA supported the deal.

Three major parties and the MJF-Loktantrik signed an agreement earlier this week to federate the country into eight provinces, in an arrangement to decide their names and boundaries later.

FSPN Chairman Ashok Rai said President Yadav assured them that he would consult with experts and the concerned bodies. “There is no doubt that everybody should act as per the spirit of the constitution,” Rai quoted him as saying.

Leaders of the parties also met Prime Minister Sushil Koirala later in the day. They urged him to correct the “regressive and unconstitutional move”.

Sadbhawana Party President Rajendra Mahato said the PM, reiterating his commitment to federalism, urged them to come on board the constitution writing process. Rai said the alliance may take time to decide how to lead a protest against the move. The Rai-led FSPN and the MJF-Nepal, which are set to announce a merger on Monday, hope to lead the protest.

The disgruntled leaders are divided over launching a street agitation. Those against protest believe it would be unpopular to hold street movement at a time when the earthquakes have devastated the country. They also fear that there may be little public support when the Tarai is reeling under extreme heat and the planting season is about to start.

With the UCPN (Maoist), which led the 30-party opposition bloc, being a signatory to the deal, and a majority of the allies siding with it, there is a leadership tussle in the alliance that remains.

Published: 14-06-2015 08:33

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