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Protest at Baluwatar

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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Photo: Bikram Rai

Madhesi and Janajati protesters staged a sit-in near the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwar, Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Cadre of Federal Alliance, which is a coalition of 29 Madhesi and Janajati parties, also clashed with police as they tried to go near to the PM residence. One policeman and at least three protesters were injured in the clash.

After two days of protests outside Singha Darbar, the alliance had decided to picket the PM’s residence. But the protesters were stopped by the police from blocking the PM’s way, and they had to stage their demonstration about 300 metres away.

The protesters, some of them clad in their ethnic attires, not only shouted slogans but also sang and danced until the evening.

The alliance has objected to some of the provisions of Nepal’s new constitution, which was passed by an elected assembly last year without the participation of Madhes-based parties except the Bijay Gachhadar-led MJF (D).

Madhesi parties had enforced a six-month agitation – backed by India’s five-month blockade – to put pressure on the Big Three parties to rewrite the constitution. But after the blockade was lifted, they had ended their strike in the Tarai.

Later, they formed a broader alliance with Janajati parties and launched a Kathmandu-centric agitation. They say the new constitution must be rewritten to ensure their proportional representation in all state organs.

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