Nepal's government has formally invited agitating groups in Terai region for talks on ending the simmering tension in the southern plains which has left 19 people dead since mid-January.
During a meeting on Tuesday, the government talks team on Terai headed by Agriculture Minister Mahanta Thakur decided to formally sent a letter to the agitating Madhesi People's Rights Forum for talks on the Terai issue.
They also decided to invite other agitating groups, officials said.
Leaders of eight political parties were also to meet for the second day today to discuss ways and means to resolve the tension in the Terai region.
After the eight party meeting, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala is expected to make a major announcement this afternoon to address the demands of the Madhesi community, official sources said.
Yesterday's all-party meeting at the Prime Minister's residence failed to arrive at a consensus on resolving the problems of the Madhesis.
However, the leaders of the eight major parties in principle agreed to amend the Interim constitution to introduce federal system of governance and to re-delineate the election constituency on the basis of population and geography to give more seats to the Terai people.
The eight party leaders have agreed to give more seats to Terai during election on the basis of increased population in the region, while also giving special consideration to the Himalayan region, where population density is very thin, party sources said.