Bihar leaders’ remarks on Madhesis provocative, says Nepal

  • PTI, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2016 23:50 IST
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav interacts with Madhesi activists from Nepal, in Patna. (PTI Photo)

Nepal voiced concern on Tuesday over the remarks of some political leaders from Bihar in support of agitating Madhesis and said such comments on its internal issues are “provocative” and may seriously undermine its ties with India.

“Serious attention of the government of Nepal has been drawn to media coverage in today’s broadsheets attributed to senior political leaders of Bihar state of India making statements about inherently internal issues of Nepal,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said “the statements are provocative and uninformed about the ground realities and do not serve the fundamental interest of the two countries.”

“The Government of Nepal expresses deep regrets over such statements. They are not helpful in the ongoing efforts aimed at normalising the situation,” the statement said.

The government “urged all to exercise restraint from making statements that may seriously undermine the harmonious relations between the two countries and peoples.”

It called “for positive attitude and contribution from all concerned to promote bilateral relations.”

Top Madhesi leaders from Nepal on Monday met RJD president Lalu Prasad in Patna and urged him to exert pressure on the Centre to ask the Nepal government to fulfil their demands.

After the meeting, Lalu supported the demand of the Madhesis agitating over the new Constitution and assured that he would raise the issue with the Centre.

“The demand of Madhesis is genuine and it should be fulfilled by the Nepal government,” Lalu had told media.

Senior RJD leader Raghubansh Prasad Singh had also supported the Madhesis and even took out a march in their support.

Nepal’s Madhesi community, largely of Indian origin, are opposed to the new Constitution that divides their ancestral homeland under the seven-province structure and have led an ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India.

The agitating community that shares strong cultural and family bonds with India is demanding demarcation of provinces, fixing of electoral constituencies on the basis of population and proportional representation, and have launched a protest for months that has claimed at least 55 lives.

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