Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav said the incumbent coalition government of the five-party alliance had the great responsibility of defending the federal democratic republic from anti-federal characters such as KP Sharma Oli.

Addressing a programme organised by his party at Rautahat's Yamunamai Rural Municipality, Yadav made it clear that the five-party alliance had defeated KP Oli's ill-intention of weakening republicanism, federalism and seizing the election commission.

He said the alliance had salvaged the country from a great disaster.

Yadav said that Mahantha Thakur had lost the opportunity of becoming prime minister as he tried to be Oli's stooge. "Thakur ignored demands of the Madhes and surrendered to Oli, which was unfortunate for the Tarai/ Madhes," Yadav added.

On a different note, Yadav stressed the need to change the administrative system of the country. "We should go for the directly-elected presidential system of governance and lawmakers should focus on framing polices and programmes," he held. He argued that the country could not afford to have the current election system. "The existing election system is expensive and candidates with money will make it to the polls," Yadav warned. Yadav laid the focus on modernising agriculture to tap in the youths toiling in Gulf countries.

At the programme, Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut stressed the need to unify all the political forces under the party's flag in Madhes.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 24, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.