The Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) led by its showcase chairman, Upendra Yadav, is currently engaged in violent unrest in the tarai. Who is this man forcing the country to backtrack on the gains of People Power 2006? Sanghu has learnt that he is a flipflopper who has never stayed with any one cause and is probably a front for someone else. He was involved in politics since his student days in Sunsari, but showed instability and opportunistic traits.
He joined the Maoists and was in its district leadership. His erstwhile Maoist colleagues recall that he used to say madhesis shouldn't sacrifice their lives for the 'People's War', but should sacrifice pahadi lives. The Maoist headquarters now suspect that Yadav provided the information to Indian police which lead to the arrests of Matrika Yadav and Suresh Ale Magar in 2004. Yadav was also arrested but mysteriously freed. He didn't survive for long in the Maoist movement.
In December 2006, he attended a conference of Indian Hindu extremists in Gorakhpur during which he publicly spoke about turning Nepal back into a Hindu nation. But barely a month later, he is now leading a movement for a secular, federal republic. Along with Yadav, the Forum consists of discredited individuals like Sitananda Rai, who was expelled from the UML, corrupt NC leader Jaya Prakash Gupta, royalist Ramchandra Rai, nominated member of the interim parliament Amaresh Kumar Singh, and Manoj Singh, the son of pro-Indian leader Ramraja Prasad Singh.