An organisation representing the people of Nepal's Terai region has kicked off a week-long protest programme demanding greater representation of the community in government bodies.
The Democratic Madhesi Alliance staged a demonstration on Sunday as part of their six-day protest against exclusion in key areas.
The alliance demanded inclusion of Madhesis in the government talks team with the Maoists, ceasefire code of conduct monitoring committee, peace talks observers' team and interim constitution drafting committee, a statement issued by the Alliance said.
The alliance has put forward five point demands, which include distribution of citizenship certificates to all Madhesis prior to constituent assembly elections and their proper representation in all structures of state.
They also demand clear outline of Federal Democratic Republic in the interim constitution and census before constituent assembly elections and division of election constituencies on proportional basis.
The protest to follow in the next five days include sit-ins in front of CPN-UML office in Balkhu, Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar, Nepali Congress central party office in Sanepa, Nepali Congress (Democratic) office in Maharajgunj and CPN (Maoist) talks contact liaison office in Purano Baneswore respectively.