Thakur refutes reports regarding blockade lift

KATHMANDU: Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur refuted media reports that claimed blockade at border check points would be lifted after February 1.

He made such statement during an interaction organised at the Reporters' Club in the Capital on Saturday.

Leader Thakur informed that next meeting of the United Democratic Madhesi Front to be held before February 3 would decide its future strategy.

Stating that the first amendment to the Constitution had addressed only some of their demands, he made it clear that the agitation would continue until the demands were addressed.

When asked if India piled pressure to the Front to leave the border checkpoints as PM KP Sharma Oli was planning to visit India, Thakur said, "People are with us and we have pressure to continue the agitations."

He said that the agitation would continue until the people of Tarai got their rights.

Claiming that they had never rejected the government's proposal to sit for talks, theTMDP Chairman said, "We have held talks with the government for 26 times till date, but they couldnot yield any result."

Meanwhile, Thakur said that he was planning to visit India for a mecial check-up, not for other reasons.