Defeated Madhesis warn of street protests if their concerns are ignored

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:52 pm IST

Published - November 30, 2013 11:13 pm IST - KATHMANDU

Madhesi-based parties, defeated in their own stronghold in Tarai, warned of resorting to street protests if issues concerning them were not addressed, media reported here on Saturday.

Speaking at a programme in the capital, Mahanth Thakur, chairman of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) said that Madhesi issues could not be decided by numerical strength in the assembly.

“It was not possible in the previous Constituent Assembly, nor will it be possible in this one,” he said, adding that onlystreet struggle could decide on them. Mr. Thakur lost in this election, just like he did last time.

Rajendra Mahato, chairman of Sadbhavana Party said that defeat in the CA election was not a defeat for their goals.

Mr. Mahato, who also lost in the election, suggested that those in favour of federalism needed to maintain their pressure on this matter in the CA.

Of the 116 of the 240 seats under the first past the post in Tarai, Madhesi parties, which saw many splits, won only 12 seats. Under the PR system, they won around 40 of the 335 seats.

On Saturday, the UCPN (Maoist) reiterated their demand for an impartial investigation to what they called “election fraud”, warning that if their demands were not met, they would boycott the CA.

Addressing a regular press meet at the party headquarters in the capital, UCPN (Maoist) spokesperson Agni Sapkota said that the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML indulged in massive institutional fraud in the election.

Mr. Sapkota said they would not submit the list of their party candidates under the PR system.

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