Lawmakers vent ire at Madhesi parties for 'money for martyrdom' decision

KATHMANDU: Lawmakers have expressed qualms over the leaders of Madhesh-centric four parties for luring Madheshi people for money to join their agitation waged against the proposed delineation of federal set-up of the country.

Speaking in the today's meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, lawmaker Romi Gauchan Thakali condemned the Madhesi leaders’ expression, 'Come, join in agitation, will pay Rs 5 million if attained martyrdom.'

He also drew the attention of the government and the Legislature-Parliament towards addressing demands of the agitating political parties at the earliest.

The United Democratic Madhesi Front on Wednesday had decided to provide Rs 5 million to families of the one who are killed in ongoing protests once the provincial governments will be formed under their leadership.

Lawmaker Janak Raj Joshi argued that putting a price on human life and instigating people to be a part the agitation was due to declining ethical values in the political leaders.

"It is said that the Madheshi leaders are fixing price for a life, I urge the government to close the bank account of such political parties and leaders."

Lawmaker Rishikesh Pokharel asked, "How do the Madhesi leaders have a right to determine the price tag of people in the name of agitation?"

Similarly, lawmaker Prabhu Shah urged the government to declare those districts where paddy plantation could not take place due to the lack of irrigation facility or lack of monsoon rain 'dry areas.'

Lawmakers also urged the government to ensure the rights of minorities and oppressed group of people in the new constitution.