An alliance of Janajati and Madhesi parties opposed to Nepal’s new Constitution warned on Monday that it would organise protests if Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” did not take steps to amend the statute within 15 days.
A delegation of the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, which comprises 29 parties, delivered the ultimatum during a meeting with Prachanda. The alliance handed over a memorandum to Prachanda that warned of protests if the government delays in registering a proposal in Parliament to amend the Constitution.
“We request for registering the Constitution amendment bill within 15 days from today based on our approval as well,” the Sanghiya Gathabandhan said in its memorandum.
The Janajati and Madhesi parties said no progress had been made in addressing their demands since the Prachanda-led government assumed office three months ago.
Nepal was roiled by protests against the new Constitution last year. The country’s economy was hit by a prolonged blockade of trade points along the border with India.
The Sanghiya Gathabandhan’s delegation said the Constitution had failed to address the hopes and aspirations of different classes and communities, including indigenous nationalities.
Though there were divergent views among the Madhesi parties about serving the ultimatum, they are standing firm on the demand that the government should address their grievances.
The Madhesi parties in the Sanghiya Gathabandhan have organised protests over their demands, including the demarcation of the provincial borders, citizenship and proportional representation based on population.
The Sanghiya Gathabandhan also demanded the implementation of the agreement it had signed with the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Unity Centre at the time of the formation of Prachanda’s government.
Federal Socialist Forum Nepal chairman Upendra Yadav, who led the delegation that met the prime minister, told the media that Prachanda had expressed his determination to resolve the problems raised by the Sanghiya Gathabandhan.