16-point deal above partisan, Madhes agitation, says Gachhadar

Biratnagar, May 2

Chairman of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar today said that he played a significant role in forging the 16-point agreement by rising above partisan and Madhes interest.

Inaugurating the first National Convention of the party at Sahid Stadium in Biratnagar today,Deputy Prime Minister Gachhadar said the country got the new constitution on the basis of the 16-point deal.

He suggested that eight provinces should be made to address the demands of Madhes, indigenous, Tharu and Muslim communities as well as to resolve the existing problems.

Stressing the need of consensus among parties for implementing the constitution, he said it was also inevitable to strengthen democracy and institutionalise the gained achievements.

Similarly, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said some changes could be made in delineation to address some demands of Madhesis and indigenous nationalities. CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal urged the Nepali Congress to join the government for implementing the constitution and developing the country.

Nepali Congress central committee member Prakashman Singh said the NC would support the government by remaining in opposition in implementing the constitution.

Similarly, leader of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Prakash Chandra Lohani stressed that all parties should adopt flexibility for resolving the problems facing the country. Vice-chairman of Bharatiya Janata Party Bhagat Singh Koshyari said that India was always ready to strengthen democracy as well as support development of Nepal.

Spokesperson of BJP, Bijay Swarnakar Shastri , Khagendra Prasain of the CPN-ML, Uddhav Prasad Dahal of Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, among others, wished for the success of the national convention. A total of 2,500 representatives of the party and 500 observers are participating in the three-day convention.