Madhesis reject Nepal constitution rejig, to continue protests

Nepal’s parliament passed the amendment bill — four months after the statute was promulgated — amidst sloganeering by lawmakers from Madhesi parties, who abstained from the voting.
Nepalese lawmakers stage a protest as other lawmakers vote a constitution amendment bill in Kathmandu on Saturday.(AFP)
Nepalese lawmakers stage a protest as other lawmakers vote a constitution amendment bill in Kathmandu on Saturday.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 25, 2016 01:19 AM IST
Copy Link
Hidustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Madhesi parties in Nepal have rejected the first amendment to the country’s constitution passed on Saturday night in a bid to address their demands and end the ongoing crisis.

Nepal’s parliament passed the amendment bill — four months after the statute was promulgated — amidst sloganeering by lawmakers from Madhesi parties, who abstained from the voting.

“The amendment proposal was passed forcibly despite our opposition. We reject the changes and will continue with our protests,” Upendra Yadav, chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) told HT.

Yadav’s FSF-N is one of the four Madhesi parties comprising the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), which has been protesting against the statute seeking equal rights for people from the Terai region bordering India.

Saturday’s vote amended two articles in the constitution related to proportional inclusion of backward communities in state bodies and fresh delimitation to increase number of constituencies in Terai.

The amendment decreased ethnic clusters from 17 to 15, ensured population will be the primary basis (geography being secondary) for delimitation, and at least one constituency for each district in the country.

With the amendment, there will be 79-80 representatives from Terai in parliament and 85-86 from the hill and mountain regions.

Earlier in the day, five parties — four from the ruling coalition and opposition Nepali Congress — had agreed to go ahead with voting on the amendment bill despite any breakthrough in talks with UMDF.

“First they brought the constitution without taking us on board. Instead of correcting that mistake they committed a new one by amending the statute without addressing our demands,” said Yadav.

Madhesi parties are seeking a package deal on their 11-point demands with fresh demarcation of federal boundaries and proportional representation for Madhesis in all state organs being prominent ones.

Yadav said blockade on the key border point with India at Birganj, which has remained closed since September, will continue.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Utpal is an assistant editor based in Guwahati. He covers all eight states of North-East and was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times .

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    Zelensky says Putin has become 'a terrorist', urges action| Top updates

    Two days after at least 18 people were killed after Russian missiles struck a shopping mall containing more than 1,000 people in the central city of Kremenchuk in Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russian president of becoming a “terrorist”. The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for over four months now. He further urged Russia's expulsion from the United Nations.

  • US health officials announce new monkeypox vaccination plan

    US health officials announce new monkeypox vaccination plan

    The Biden administration unveiled a new plan to vaccinate eligible Americans against monkeypox, prioritizing those who have been exposed to the virus in states with the highest infection rates. Hundreds of thousands of doses of the Jynneos vaccine from Bavarian Nordic A/S will be made available under the administration's new plan through a tiered-allocation system, the US Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

  • There are various types of supernovae depending on the size and composition of the star and the power of the blast.

    Meet the 'zombie star' that survived a supernova blast

    Meet the "zombie star." The star at issue, observed with the Hubble Space Telescope, is a kind known as a white dwarf, an incredibly dense object with about the mass of the sun crammed into the size of Earth.

  • Flags flutter in the wind outside Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (AP)

    Turkey lifts veto on Finland, Sweden joining NATO, clearing path for expansion

    NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden's bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other's security, ending a weeks-long drama that tested allied unity against Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The steps for Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO will be agreed on in the next two days, Finnish President Niinisto said. U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the deal.

  • File photo of Turkish president Erdogan.

    No concessions given to Turkey to support Finland, Sweden: US

    The United States said Tuesday that no concessions were given to Turkey to secure its green light for Swedish and Finnish entry into NATO at the start of the alliance's summit in Madrid. "There was no request from the Turkish side for the Americans to make a particular concession," a senior administration official told reporters. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official called Turkey's decision a "powerful shot in the arm" for NATO unity.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, June 29, 2022