Madhesi parties mull change in tactics

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 12, 2015-

Keeping in mind the festive season, Madhes-based parties are likely to consider ‘some tactical changes’ in their protest programmes.

As criticism mounts from various quarters over the undue situation created by bandas in the lives of common public, Madhesi parties are positive in easing the protests. However, protesters are yet to reach on any conclusion due to differences among the agitating fronts and fearing backlash from their

supporters.

Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahanta Thakur said that a joint meeting of several agitated fronts will decide whether to continue with the programmes or make changes. He claimed that most of the parties are reluctant to make any changes in the protest.

“We are aware of difficulties created by banda to both the people in the hills and Tarai. But supporters would not accept our changes as they feel that it is their final chance to press the government on their demands,” said Thakur.

Protesters affiliated with the Tharuhat/Tharuwan Joint Struggle Committee have announced to ease the banda by lifting public transportation strike in Kailali for a few days for the upcoming Dashain festival.

Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik General Secretary Ram Janam Chaudhary said much will depend on the approach to be taken by Nepali Congress and CPN-UML in addressing concerns of agitating groups.

“What would people think if we abruptly halt the protest without reaching any conclusion? The government should create an environment for us to withdraw the protest,” said Chaudhary.

Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) is reluctant to announce any change as some of its member parties and smaller fronts carrying parallel protests are adamant in continuing the obstruction at border checkpoints. They fear they might lose support of the public. SLMM leaders said that they will take a decision only after holding another round of talks with major parties.

The private sector, civil society and rights groups have been pressing both the major parties and agitating groups to ease normal lives crippled by the two-month long banda and blockade. Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Nepalese Industry and Nepal Chamber of Commerce on Saturday jointly submitted a memorandum to Thakur urging the latter to end the banda before Dashain festival.

Published: 12-10-2015 08:27

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