Top posts for naturalised citizens not our demand, clarifies Yadav

KATHMANDU: Mahendra Raya Yadav, Chairman of the Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, one of the major constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front, said the Madhesi parties never demanded that persons with naturalised citizens be given top positions of the nation including the President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker and chiefs of constitutional bodies.

"This is not our demand. Neither do we say that this should happen," Yadav clarified while it has been rumoured that the government was planning to file a Constitution amendment bill, which reportedly has a provision of allowing naturalised citizens to get the top posts after 10 years of acquiring the citizenship.

Yadav was speaking with journalists at the Reporters' Club in the Capital today.

The leader argued that the rumour was being made to weaken the movement and divide the unified Madhesi parties.

Meanwhile, recalling a 15-day ultimatum that the Federal Alliance served to the government for filing a Constitution amendment bill, Yadav said the disgruntled parties would withdraw the support extended to the government and launch an agitation if the ultimatum was not heeded.

He was confident that the main opposition CPN-UML would also cooperate with the government to amend the Constitution.

"But, there are some problems with the Nepali Congress, it is in dilemma."

Nepali Congress leader Farmullah Mansur, CPN Maoist Centre leader Dinanath Sharma and CPN-UML lawmaker Rewati Raman Bhandari had also spoken at the interaction.