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Madhesis reject appeal for talks

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
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Protesters take out furniture used by Armed Police Force and burn them on the road in Lahan, Siraha. Photo: Dilip Singh

An alliance of four agitating Madhesi parties has rejected the three major parties’ call for talks.

Samyukta Loktantraik Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of Upendra Yadav’s Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Mahantha Thakur’s Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato’s Sadbhavana Party and Mahendra Ray Yadav’s Tarai Madhes Sadbhavana Party, on Thursday decided to continue with their protests in the Tarai.

On Wednesday, the NC, the UML and the UCPN (M), which are all set to promulgate the new constitution by mid September, had appealed to all disgruntled parties and groups to sit in talks and end the current political crisis through negotiations.

The alliance that rejected call for talks is the most prominent political force in the Tarai. It has enforced an indefinite general strike in the Tarai since 18 August.

Leaders of the alliance said they will sit in talks but only when the government withdraws the army from the Tarai, provides medical treatment to injured protesters and express commitments to implement the past deals signed with the Madhesi parties.

Meanwhile, violent protests continue to erupt in the central Tarai. Protesters attacked an Armed Police Force (APF) base and vandalise some banks and government offices in Siraha on Thursday. The local administration has clamped a curfew and deployed the army in Siraha after a fresh wave of violent protests.

At least 33 people, including 10 policemen, have lost their lives in Nepal after the major parities carved out federal provinces. The Madhesi parties are not satisfied with demarcation of federal provinces in the Tarai.

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