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Madhesis demand apology

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Attack on Madhesi leader Rajendra Mahato has threatened to derail negotiations between the government and the agitating force.

Sadbhavana Party, of which Mahato is President, has already refused to participate in talks with the government unless Prime Minister KP Oli apologiges. And  Sadbhavana is also putting pressure on other Madhesi  parties to take a formal decision to this effect.

Sadbhavana and three other Madhesi parties form Madhesi Morcha, which has been protesting against the new constitution in Nepal’s southern plains for over the last four months. The government has tabled a bill in Parliament to address Madhesi demands for proportional representation and constituency delimitation in proportion of population. The government has also passed a resolution to form an all-party committee to revise federal boundaries in three months.

But the Morcha has rejected the government’s road-map, and is still carrying out protests seeking a package deal on its demands.

Mahato,  a hardliner within the Morcha, was injured in a clash with police when he tried to block Nepal-India check-point in Biratnagar on Saturday. A video clip posted online by Madhesi activists shows police attacking Mahato and other protesters with bamboo batons. Mahato has sustained injuries to his head and legs, and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Biratnagar.

Attack on Mahato has outraged Madhesi leaders, and chances of further talks and a deal now look slim.

Manish Suman of Sadbhavana Party said: “The government must apologise. If not, it will have to take responsibility for untoward consequences.”

Madhesi legislators criticised the government in Parliament on Sunday for using ‘excessive force’ to quell protests led by Mahato in Biratnagar. Sadbhavana Party’s legislator Narsingh Chaudhary said: “Are we not citizens of this country? Why is the government treating us like this?”

A violent clash erupted when Madhesi protesters demonstrated against ‘attack on Mahato’ in Janakpur on Sunday. They ransacked two government offices, and police had to fire in the open to ‘control the situation’. In Biratnagar, Madhesi protesters vandalised a vehicle and held rallies to protest ‘police’s brutality against Mahato’.

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One Response to “Madhesis demand apology”

  1. satish Jha on Says:

    The Madhesi Morcha should tender their apology to the entire nation for causing difficulties in obtaining gas, petrol, diesel and medicine to all sections of the society. |They are extending the protest and blockade for such a long time to benefit themselves by promoting black marketing of all goods. They should apologize to the Government and the people of Nepal for destroying the national property constructed by the tax money. They should apologize for dividing the country and creating unemployment in the country. We should all condemn their movement by promoting the black marketers. They must be also benefiting a lot from it. What a disgrace.

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