SLMM objects to amendment

- Madhav Dhungana, BHAIRAHAWA

Jan 25, 2016-

The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) has protested the amendment to the constitution made by the major political parties to address the demands of the Madhesi community.

The alliance of the Madhes-centric parties has said that it cannot accept the amendment that was carried out without its approval.The SLMM supporters in Rupandehi, Kapilvastu and other Tarai districts said they are awaiting the instruction of the leaders before organising demonstrations to protest the amendment.

Mahendra Yadav, the SLMM district coordinator of Rupandehi, said the constitution was amended according to the interest of the major political parties.

“Our future protests will be determined after the meeting at the central level,” he said.

The Nepal-India border areas have been affected due to the ongoing Madhes

protest. Vehicular movement along the Lumbini-Kapilvastu and the Bhairahawa-Parasi roads has been affected for the past several months. Factories inside the Lumbini Industrial Corridor and Postal Highway areas have also been hit.

Meanwhile, the SLMM has warned of stepping up the protest, which could make the situation worse.  

Central Vice-chairman of Sadbhawana Party Om Prakash Yadav Guljari said they will not accept the amendment that was carried out without the agreement of Madhes-based parties“Our protests will grow stronger. It will continue,” he said.

Ajaya Gupta, a local SLMM leader from Bhairahawa,said their bottom line is immediate revision of state demarcation. “Without that we will not withdraw

our protest. The central level will decide on the form of our future protest,” he said.

Many people in the Tarai districts have urged the agitating SLMM to lift the banda and withdraw the protest after the constitution amdendment.

Chairman of Sarlahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hari Shankar Prasad Sah said there is no point continuing the protest now.“People have long faced hardship. The SLMM leaders should know that it takes time for revision of state demarcation. The amendment should be taken as a positive step,” he said.




Published: 25-01-2016 09:37

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