Cabinet decisions fail to appease Madhesi Front leaders

KATHMANDU: Two key leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front said they would not accept the Cabinet decisions made on Sunday in a bid to convince the agitating alliance.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters' Club on Monday, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party Chairman Mahendra Raya Yadav and the Sadbhawana Party Co-Chairman Laxman Lal Karna said the decisions were incapable of solving the current crisis.

Endorsing an understanding among three major political parties, the government on Sunday had said it was committed to move ahead with the process of the Constitution Amendment Bill to ensure proportional inclusion and election constituencies on the basis of population, besides ensuring at least one constituency for each district.

Yadav said the Front could not accept the government's decision to review provincial boundaries through some political mechanism.

Neither can the decision be believed as the government was unable to keep its various promises including providing free treatment to the injured and compensation to those deceased in the protests, he argued.

The government instead should decide to endorse the 11 demands of the Front, he demanded.

Karna, also suspecting the government intention, however, maintained that all the issues could be solved through talks if the government was committed for the same.

"The World War was solved through the table talks, our agitation will also be solved in the same way," he said, "But the government is not responsible."

Even the review on provincial boundaries could be settled in a specific period of time if the government was ready for meaningful talks, he said.

Involvement in mistreatment to President denied

In a different context, Yadav said the Front was not involved in any mistreatment to the President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Janakpur last week.

Expressing his sadness over the incident, he said it was a wrong decision on the part of government to take the President to Janakpur while knowing that the situation was tense there.