Jaishankar extends 'good wishes' to UDMF protest

KATHMADU: Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has expressed his good wishes to the ongoing protests in Tarai region of Nepal, according to a top leader of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front.

Chairman of Nepal Sadbhawana Party, Rajendra Mahato said the visiting UDMF leaders discussed the ongoing dialogue between the Government of Nepal and the UDMF. The UDMF leaders had held an hour-long discussion with the Indian foreign secretary in New Delhi, Reporters' Club Chairman Rishi Dhamala informed from New Delhi.

Mahato further stated that he made it clear to the Indian official that the government was not serious regarding the talks with the UDMF and the three-point proposal presented by the big parties did not have any connection with their demands, according to Dhamala.

"The three-point proposal does not have any meaning. The 11-point proposal including review on demarcation of provinces presented by the UDMF should be addressed in a package or the consensus should be based on the eight-point demand and the State Reconstruction Commission report of the first Constituent Assembly," stated Mahato.

During the meeting, Jaishankar maintained that the blockade was not imposed by India, neither had it helped the UDMF agitation.