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Maoists mobilise Dalits in Terai to counter Madhesi parties

world Updated: Feb 02, 2009 12:54 IST

In a bid to counter influence of Madhesi parties in Nepal's Terai, the ruling CPN-Maoist has come up with plans to wean away Dalits to its side and to revamp the organisation in the region.

The Maoists have bestowed the responsibility of addressing the problems of Terai to Prime Minister and party Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'.

This was decided after the two-day interaction among the party's, Madhesi leaders and intellectuals, according to party's spokesman Dinanath Sharma.

Maoists unlike their performance in the uplands, fared very badly in the last elections of the Constituent Assembly in the region, where most of the seats were swept by Madhesi parties.

A meeting of central secretariat of the ruling Unified CPN (Maoist) on Sunday, gave Prachanda, the responsibility of preparing a strategic document to address the problems of the Terai, according to party sources.

"We have decided to raise voice in favour of nationalism and the people belonging to oppressed and backward class in the region," Sharma told PTI.

"Giving an illusion of liberation, the landlords belonging to other Madhesi parties are using them," the party said.

"The Terai region has now become a playground of the national and international reactionary forces and that the oppressed people are being exploited," said the report submitted by the meeting to its central secretariat.

Sharma informed that the meeting delved into the problems of the region and concluded that the landlords in the region were inciting the oppressed people for their interests. The party should come up with new programmes to ensure liberation of the oppressed people, he pointed out.