A meeting of the high level taskforce advised the government on Wednesday to arrange for talks with madhesi militant groups, who have threatened to launch protests in the tarai from Saturday.
Talking to the press after the meeting at the Maoists HQ at Buddhanagar, the UML\'s Madhab Kumar Nepal said: "The meeting advised the government to talk to the dissatisfied groups in the tarai to create a suitable environment for the election." The meeting also agreed that the integration of the PLA will be done as arranged by the interim constitution and according to the decision of a cabinet committee.
Meanwhile, the seven party will meet in Biratnagar on Saturday for their second joint assembly. Despite plans of protest by the various madhesi groups, organisers claim that the mass meeting will go ahead.
UML leader Madhab Kumar Nepal, Bimalendra Nidhi of NC, Maoist leader Baburam Bahttarai, Shyam Sundar Gupta of Anandadevi Sadvawana Party, Sunil Parajapati of the Communist Workers and Peasants Party and Bam Morcha leader C P Mainali are expected to address the assembly. According to the organiser, party workers in Jhapa, Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur are preparing to participate in large numbers.
Upendra Yadav led MJF and Rajendra Mahato's Sadhvawana Party have also called their party workers for an assembly in Lahan on the same day.