Madhesi leaders vow to continue protests

- ABDhESH KUMAR JHA, MORANG

Jul 27, 2015-

Leaders of various Madhes-based parties have warned of a continue protest until issues related to Madhes are incorporated into the preliminary draft of the constitution.

Speaking at a protest assembly organised by Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) in Biratnagar on Monday, Madhesi leaders demanded that the discriminating provisions be removed from the constitution draft while including the voices of Madhesi.

Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal (SSFN) Chairman Upendra Yadav said that the draft constitution is regressive as it has obscured Madhesi issues, including federal democratic norms, inclusion, proportional system and identity. “If the constitution is forcefully drafted, we will not allow to implement those laws in Madhes. 

A draft with no amendment sto the discriminatory provisions will be similar to the past constitutions,” said Yadav.

Pointing to Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, one of the signatories to the 16-point deal forged among four major parties on June 8, Chairman Yadav said, “The dramatic agreement between Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) has been aided by the fourth party, making it three-and-a-quarter’s alliance.”

Speaking at the programme, Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato claimed the draft constitution had been rejected by the people and the new constitution based on such draft would not be implemented in Madhes. 

He stressed the need to bring out a draft constitution based on past agreements and Interim Constitution by complying with the state demarcation and naming of provinces. 

Mahato also vented his ire at Gachhadar saying, “Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has betrayed the Madhesi community. Such a betrayer will not be pardoned by Madhes.”

Senior Vice-chairman of Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Brishesh Chandra Lal said the leaders of four parties that signed 16-point deal are “the heir to the Shah dynasty”. 

Another senior Sadbhawana Party leader Ram Naresh Raya vowed to continue their protest programmes to uproot the monopoly of the four parties. He also accused UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Gachhadar of betraying the Madhesi and indigenous people. 

Published: 28-07-2015 08:35

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