FIMA threatens to intensify agitation

Kathmandu, December 20

Federal Inclusive Madhesi Alliance, an alliance of four fringe Madhesi parties, today warned of intensify its agitation.

Issuing a press statement today, FIMA  an alliance of Sharat Singh Bhandari-led National Madhes Socialist Party, Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Republican, Anil Kumar Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party and Jay Prakash Prasad Gupta-led Tarai Madhes National Campaign said its leaders had come to Kathmandu to hold negotiations but the ruling parties were not serious about seeking a negotiated settlement of issues raised by Madhes-based parties.

FIMA said its leaders had come to Kathmandu to seek a negotiated settlement of their issues but they were forced to return to Madhes as the government was not serious about finding a negotiated settlement.

Despite an agreement to prepare alternative proposals on the alliance’s demands by forming a joint taskforce, there has been no progress in that regard, stated the release.

The alliance said it would obstruct the House proceedings when the constitution amendment bill would be discussed because the major parties did not forge consensus before tabling it in the parliament. It said the constitution amendment bill alone would not address its concerns.

On the question of political representation, the alliance said 110 proportional representation seats should be allocated to provinces on the basis of population besides delineating 165 first-past-the-post election constituencies on the basis of population.

Similarly, the alliance has also demanded at least one seat for each province and other seats in the Upper House on the basis of the population of the provinces. FIMA also demanded change in the constitution amendment bill to ensure the election constituencies would be delineated every 10 years.

The alliance said it wanted guarantee of fully proportional inclusion in all organs of state including the judiciary, security agencies, Nepali Army and constitutional bodies.

FIMA has also demanded retention of the provision of Interim Constitution regarding naturalised Nepali citizenship to foreigners on the basis of marital relations.

It demands inclusion of Morang, Sunsari and Jhapa in Madhes province and if possible also Udaypur and Sindhuli district.

The alliance said Kailali and Kanchanpur should be kept in province 5, excluding high hills.