Blasts near NC meet venue

Polls must for progress: Deuba

Sarlahi, February 6:

Bombs were detonated in Malangawa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi, today while a mass meeting of the Nepali Congress was going on today. The bombs were detonated some 100 metres east, west and south from the venue of the meeting.

Earlier, locals clashed with police and vandalised a vehicle belonging to police. The clash ensued after locals tried to obstruct a local road and prevent people from attending the meeting. The clash occurred when armed police personnel tried to reopen the road. Police also fired tear gas shells to bring the situation under control, said the Malangawa-based base camp of the armed police.

Blasts had occurred near the DDC chock and Rajashree Cinema hall last evening, too. Sanyukta Janatantrik Mukti Morcha (SJMM) has owned up the explosions. There was no physical damage in the blasts, police said.

Addressing the meeting, NC leader and former PM Sher Bahadur Deuba said the CA election is a must for progress.

Stating that Jana Andolan-II has given the nation a new direction, he urged the Tarai people to be unified for the protection of their rights. He said the CA election would guarantee the rights of the Tarai people.

NC general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi said the objective of the Tarai agitation is to abduct the rights of Madhesi people. Stating that the CA election must be held to secure the rights of the Madhesi people, he said the rights of Madhesi would be established after the CA election.

Central member of Tarun Dal Mahendra Yadav said some leaders of the Tarai have

been trying to misguide the Tarai people. He claimed such groups would eventually fail.

A report from Janakpurdham quoted Deuba as saying today that the government would not concede the Madhesi groups’ demand for the recognition of the Tarai as a federal state with the right to self-determination. Speaking at a press meet held by the Dhanusha chapter of the Nepal Press Union, Deuba said most of the Madhesis’ demands had been met, adding that the remaining demands would be met after the CA polls.

Saying that agreements reached with the agitating Madhesi parties in the Tarai should be implemented without delay, he said there was no problem in holding talks with those parties anywhere, as was done with the Maoists. He, however, objected to any mediation bid by the United Nations or other parties as demanded by the disgruntled factions. Responding to a query, Deuba said the NC, being a democratic party, has no objection to anyone’s opinion in favour of monarchy, but added that the NC mahasamiti decision to go for a democratic republic would not be reversed at any cost.