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Political feud in Nepal

Within hours of Prachanda’s high-profile visit to India, Nepal is caught in a spiteful political feud between Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam and Land Reforms minister Matrika Prasad Yadav, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2008 00:47 IST
Anirban Roy

Within hours of Prachanda’s high-profile visit to India, Nepal is caught in a spiteful political feud between Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam and Land Reforms minister Matrika Prasad Yadav.

Yadav on Monday mobilised Maoist cadres at Mirchaiya in Siraha district and recaptured a private building which was earlier evicted by Nepal Police. Earlier, cadres of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF), a partner of the ruling coalition, had called for an indefinite strike in Siraha, demanding the eviction of Maoists from confiscated land.

“He (Bamdev) has used force upon the people. We cannot tolerate this,” Yadav had said, challenging Gautam’s authority.