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Nepal: Madhesis to continue protests as bottleneck at border eases

Rejecting appeals to call off their agitation ahead of the festival season, a Madhesi front protesting against Nepal’s new constitution announced on Tuesday to continue their stir till demands are addressed.

world Updated: Oct 14, 2015 00:11 IST
Utpal Parashar
Madhesis protest against Nepal Constitution in New Delhi.
Madhesis protest against Nepal Constitution in New Delhi.(AP File Photo)

Rejecting appeals to call off their agitation ahead of the festival season, a Madhesi front protesting against Nepal’s new constitution announced on Tuesday to continue their stir till demands are addressed.

“Our agitation would continue as before till the rights of Madhesis, Tharus and other marginalized communities are addressed through amendments in the statute,” said Mahant Thakur, chairman of Terai Madhes Democratic Party.

Thakur’s party is part of United Democratic Madhesi Forum, an umbrella group of four parties from Madhes region. Madhesis have been protesting against demarcation of states in the new statute for nearly two months.

UDMF has decided to continue with protests and sit-ins at border points. Sources within UDMF said they have been facing pressure from the public to call off the strike in view of Dussehra and Chatth festivals, but decided to go ahead till amendments are made. Some say despite the public announcement to continue protests, UDMF will carry on with token protests at border points and allow movement of vehicles to ensure adequate supplies enter from India.