Cabinet focuses on Madhes issues

- Post Report, Kathmandu
PM Oli holds discussion with his Cabinet colleagues and seeks their inputs on ways to address the grievances of the agitating Madhesi and Tharu communities

Oct 13, 2015-The first Cabinet meeting held immediately after administrating the oath of office and secrecy on Monday decided to hold meaningful talks with the agitating Madhes-based parties.

Newly appointed Prime Minister KP Oli held discussion with his Cabinet colleagues on ways to address the grievances of the protesting parties and sought their inputs on it, said a minister.

Talking to reporters after assuming office at Singha Durbar, PM Oli said that issues of the Madhesi parties would be resolved through talks.

“Madhes-centric parties have accepted the new constitution and joined the PM election yesterday so that I do not see any challenges to resolve the issue,” he said.

“No decision has been taken but the Cabinet seems serious on how to address the demands of the Madhes-based parties and ease the fuel supply at the earliest,” said Minister Satya Narayan Mandal, a Madhesi leader from Saptari. PM Oli has also inducted one of the prominent faces of Madhes and Tharu community in Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar as deputy prime minister and minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management.

The government is taking up the demands of the Madhesi and Tharu communities seriously and will be taking some concrete steps soon to address them, said a minister.

“The first Cabinet meeting has called on the agitating Madhes-based parties and groups for talks. The government will fulfill the political demands,” said Agni Kharel, Minister for Law and Justice, after the meeting.

Statute will be amended with revision on federalism: Gachhadar

KATHMANDU: Newly sworn in Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has said the provision on the federal structure in the new constitution will be amended to address the demands of the agitating people in the Tarai.

Talking to reporters after taking the oath of office and secrecy at Sheetal Niwas on Monday, Madhesi Janatantrk Forum-Loktantrik Chairman Gachhadar said that the number of federal states and their demarcation would be changed as required, referring to the eight-point agreement between the CPN-UML, the UCPN (Maoist) and the MJF-L on the constitution amendment before the PM election on Sunday.

The 16-point agreement among three major parties before the constitution promulgation had mentioned eight federal states while only seven are provisioned in the new constitution, Gachhadar said, adding that the NC would also join the constitution amendment process. (PR)

Published: 13-10-2015 08:51

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