Gathabandhan to hold talks with PM today

  • Alliance of Madhesi and Janajati forces considering protest to press government for statute amendment
- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 9, 2017-The Sanghiya Gathabandhan, which on Saturday decided oust its architect Upendra Yadav, has decided to hold “serious talks” with Prime Minister Kamal Dahal on Tuesday before devising the alliance’s next plan. 

The Gathabandhan, a larger alliance of Madhesi and Janajati forces formed at the initiative of Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal (SSF-N) Chairman Yadav, now is led by Mahantha Thakur of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), which was formed last month after the merger of six Madhes-based parties of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha. 

The RJPN is not participating in the first phase of local polls which are being held in three provinces-3, 4 and 6 and has taken exception to the SSF-N’s plan to take part in elections in alliance with the Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Nepal. After showing Yadav the door, the Gathabandhan now is considering starting struggling to pile pressure on the government to address a three-point deal reached on August 3--the day Dahal was elected the prime minister. 

Keshav Jha, a RJPN leader, said a meeting scheduled between Gathabandhan leaders and PM Dahal at 9am Tuesday “will be crucial”. 

The government has registered a constitution amendment bill at the Parliament Secretariat but in the wake of dramatic political developments, there has not been much headway. 

The general understanding between the government and the Madhesi and Janajati forces is the government will endorse the constitution amendment bill and the agitating parties will participate in the second phase of local elections scheduled for June 14. 

With first phase of polls in a week and talks about change in government leadership, Gathabandhan leaders on Monday at a meeting dwelt on their future strategy. 

The meeting also  reviewed the political developments and concluded that the constitution amendment issue has been put on the back burner. 

Sunday’s decision to put off Parliament until May 18 too has made Gathabandhan leaders suspicious. 

Earlier, the Gathabandhan had stalled its agitation plan of foiling elections after the government vowed to address its demand. 

Gathabandhan leaders have accused the government of delaying the constitution amendment process. 

Published: 09-05-2017 08:32

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