Mahato warns of blocking basic supplies to Kathmandu Valley

KATHMANDU: Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato has warned that Madhesi parties would resort to the blockade of the Kathmandu Valley if the final draft of new constitution failed to address their demands.

Speaking at an interaction organised by the Reporters' Club in Kathmandu today, the former minister said the Madhesi parties were soon launching an "unprecedented" movement in the Tarai region, which would include  blocking supplies and basic food items to the Capital.

According to him, he had been persuading other parties to leave the Constituent Assembly and resort to the protest.

"We, however, will wait till the final draft of statute," he maintained.

If the new constitution ignored agendas of the Madhesis then the statute could not be implemented, he said. "Voters of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist themselves will join the protests," Mahato added.

Federalism was never possible in the nation if the new constitution could not set up Pradeshes with boundaries, he claimed.

Mahato claimed that neighbouring India had been supporting the agendas of Madhesi parties. Leaders of Madhesi parties and some Madhesi leaders from the major parties had recently met the Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae.

India is for a constitution that complies with past agreements, he added.