One of the four Madhesi parties protesting against Nepal’s new constitution announced a separate plan of action on Saturday, adding fuel to speculations on differences within the group.
The announcement by Sadbhawana Party (SP), a constituent of United Democratic Madhesi Front, came a day prior to a meeting by leaders of all four parties to chart out the future course of the protests going on since August last year.
“We appeal to all to take part in our protest programmes to add further strength to the ongoing Madhes agitation,” said a release issued by the party in Kathmandu on Saturday.
The 9-day programme, which will start from Sunday, will include signature campaigns, wearing of black bands, unfurling of black flags and spreading awareness about the protests.
SP maintains the separate protests will be carried out along with providing “full assistance, support and participation” in UDMF’s own set of programmes.
The move comes at a time when SP chairman Rajendra Mahato is undergoing treatment in New Delhi for wounds sustained during a clash with police last week.
Sources within Madhesi parties say differences have surfaced within UDMF on how to continue with the protests.