UDMF rejects govt roadmap, dubs it abstract and visionless

KATHMANDU: The United Democratic Madhesi Front said on Tuesday that the three-point roadmap floated by the government aimed at resolving the ongoing agitation in Tarai-Madhes region, was unacceptable.

The top leaders of UDMF held a meeting this evening to discuss the government proposal, which was endorsed by the Cabinet on Sunday and handed over by Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa yesterday, and concluded that it would not address their demands.

After the meeting, the UDMF issued a statement saying that the government proposal failed to address the concerns raised by Madhesi and other marginalised communities and the UDMF's 11-point proposal to resolve the issues constitutionally.

Dubbing the government proposal as abstract, unclear and visionless. the UDMF went on to accuse the government of not being serious towards resolving the crisis through dialogue.

The statement -- jointly signed by Federal Social Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav, Tarai Madhes Democratic  Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur, Sadbhawana Party General Secretary Manish Kumar Suman, and Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party-Nepal Chairman Mahendra Raya Yadav -- maintained that the ongoing agitation would continue till the provisions of provincial boundaries were amended, the rights for proportional inclusiveness were ensured in all state organs along with the resolution of issues related to citizenship and language, and the formation of electoral constituencies on the basis of population.

Earlier today, the UDMF leaders had met the top leaders of main opposition Nepali Congress and discussed the resolution of crisis by amending the Constitution.

The government has already tabled the Constitution Amendment Bill, prepared by the erstwhile Nepali Congress-led government, at the Parliament.

The UDMF, however, has been saying that the Bill was not acceptable as it was, pointing out the need for rectification.


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