Members of the Madhesi Morcha boycotted Parliament on Friday to protest against the delay in amending Nepal’s new constitution to address their demands and grievances.
An alliance of Madhes-based parties, under the banner of United Madhesi Democratic Front ( UMDF), warned it would take to the streets if its demands were not met by November 15. Lawmakers belonging to the UMDF also walked out of the House and obstructed parliamentary proceedings.
The ruling alliance of Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Center has been saying it will register a constitutional amendment bill in the House since Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” became prime minister in August but no progress has been made so far.
On Friday, when Prachanda’s government completed 100 days, he said preparations were being made to table the constitutional amendment soon to address the concerns of various groups and communities but did set a date.
During a meeting on Thursday, the Madhes-based parties decided to walk out of Parliament from Friday as part of efforts to pressure the government to register the amendment proposal by mid-November.
The alliance said it had decided to resume its protest because the government had given no indication that it would address the concerns of Madhesis. On the behalf of the UMDF, the Federal Socialist Forum's parliamentary party leader, Ashok Rai, said the government had not even implemented a three-point agreement inked by the Nepali Congress, CPN-Maoist Center and UMDF on August 3.