Nepal | July 05, 2020

NC lawmakers tell party to take initiative to resolve Tarai unrest

Ram Kumar Kamat
Share Now:
Top leaders of Nepali Congress taking part in Central Working Committee in Kathmandu. Photo: RSS

Top leaders of Nepali Congress taking part in Central Working Committee in Kathmandu. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, November 21

Nepali Congress lawmakers representing Madhes constituencies and districts today urged the party to take initiative to address the Madhes agitation and mount pressure on the ruling parties to move ahead the Constitution Amendment Bill registered in the Parliament.

According to NC lawmaker Farmullah Mansoor, almost all NC lawmakers from Madhes districts, who were consulted by the top leaders of the party, today vented ire at the government for not taking initiatives to address the Madhes agitation.

Mansoor further said since the then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had assured that the issues of proportional inclusion and delineation of election constituencies on the basis of population will be addressed by amending the constitution and since the two other big parties CPN-UML and the Unified CPN-Maoist had endorsed the idea, now the NC should mount pressure from within and outside the Parliament to force the ruling parties to pass the Constitution Amendment Bill.

This bill seeks to ensure proportional inclusion and election constituencies on the basis of population the two key demands of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front.

Mansoor said almost all the lawmakers told the party leaders that the new constitution should not take away rights guaranteed by the Interim Constitution.

“The new constitution should expand people’s rights by institutionalising the rights guaranteed after the 2006 popular movement,” he added.

Mansoor said the leaders of the three major parties had told the Parliament that boundaries of the provinces would be drawn as per the sentiment of the people and now the parties should stick to their commitment.

Another lawmaker Ram Krishna Yadav said party lawmakers also told the top leaders that the party should show flexibility on the issue of provincial boundaries. He said the lawmakers also urged the party leaders to adopt strong measures to mount pressure on the ruling parties to address the concerns of the agitating forces.

Spokesperson for the party Dilendra Prasad Badu said some lawmakers were in favour of resorting to strong pressure tactics in the Parliament, including obstruction of House proceedings, while others are for taking mild measures before resorting to strong measures.

Badu said a meeting of the NC Parliamentary Party scheduled for tomorrow would take a decision on the matter. “It is certain that we will take a decision to strongly protest against the dilly dallying of the ruling parties,” he added.

Another lawmaker Bimalendra Nidhi said the party had decided to adopt measures to mount pressure on the ruling parties to ensure passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill. He said the party should also mobilise its district units to mount pressure on the ruling parties from outside the Parliament.

A version of this article appears in print on November 22, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Bajhang Landslide Update: Four bodies recovered

BAJURA: Four persons, who were missing in the landslide that occurred at 2:00 am on Saturday in Mallesi of Kedarsyun Rural Municipality in Bajhang district, have been found dead. Bodies of 40-year-old Rammati Jethara and her 12-year-old son Prayag Jethara were found buried in the debris of the la Read More...

Prime Minister Oli visits Prez Bhandari; motive of meet undisclosed

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair KP Sharma Oli paid a visit to President Bidya Devi Bhandari at her official residence in Sheetal Niwas amid the ongoing political strain in the country, on Saturday. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the President lasted Read More...

Greenwood shines as five-star Man United crush Bournemouth

MANCHESTER: Manchester United's three-pronged attack combined to devastating effect as they crushed Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League on Saturday to move into the top four and stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions. Mason Greenwood shone with two superb goals whil Read More...

Six killed, one missing in Bajhang landslide

Bajura, July 4 Six persons died in a landslide in Mallesi of Kedarsyun Rural Municipality, Bajhang, last night. One person is missing. A police team from Bisauna of Durgathali Rural Municipality and locals retrieved the bodies from the landslide debris today. According to Kedarsyun Rural Mu Read More...

NCP standoff continues

Kathmandu, July 4 The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) postponed its Standing Committee meeting till Monday in an attempt to reconcile differences among party co-chairs Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal. The rival faction of the NCP has Read More...

Bayern thrash Leverkusen 4-2 to win 20th German Cup title

BERLIN: Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich kept their hopes of a treble alive after a dominant 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen to lift the German Cup for a record-extending 20th time at the Olympiastadion on Saturday. Bayern sealed their 13th domestic double as Hansi Flick, who took ove Read More...

Fertiliser crunch hits farmers in Siraha district

SIRAHA, JULY 4 Farmers, who have started paddy plantation, are facing shortage of chemical fertiliser in Siraha. Agriculture cooperatives are supposed to sell fertiliser supplied by the Agriculture Materials Company Limited and Salt Trading Corporations. But, farmers are facing paucity of fert Read More...

Govt turns deaf ears to demands of youths staging hunger strike

KATHMANDU, JULY 4 Two youths of ‘Enough Is Enough’ movement have been staging a fast-unto-death hunger strike for the past nine days, but the government has turned a deaf ears to their demands. Iih, 26, of Kathmandu and Pukar Bam, 30, of Kailali, who began their hunger strike from a Sattal Read More...