No vote if our demands not met, warns Mahato

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Feb 1, 2017-Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato on Tuesday reiterated his demand that a revised constitution amendment bill should be passed, warning that the Madhesis would not accept the elections in the present situation.

“Before amending the constitution, elections cannot take place,” he said. 

“Three major parties had made a public commitment that Parliament would address and institutionalise all the agendas raised on the streets but they have misused votes to change people’s agendas,” Mahato said at the Reporters’ Club.

Clarifying that the Madhes-based parties were not anti-election, he said they were only demanding that the three parties correct their mistakes and give the people rights guaranteed by the Interim constitution.

He added that the report of the Local Level Restructuring Commission was unacceptable to the Madhesis as it “discriminates against the Madhes”. He pressed for revision to the report.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress leader Narayan Khadka said Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal should quit if the elections were not announced by mid-February. If the date is not announced by mid-February, chances of holding the elections by April-May would be slim, he warned. In such a scenario, the PM would have no point holding on to his post.

Published: 01-02-2017 08:00

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