Bhairahawa, March 11
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa today said the government had been able to bring secessionist forces into mainstream politics.
Addressing a two-day security meeting of Province 5 organised in Bhairahawa, Home Minister Thapa claimed that the incumbent government had succeeded in improving Nepal’s relations with international community and bringing secessionist forces into mainstream politics. Thapa stated the 11-point agreement reached with Free Madhes Alliance was a milestone for the county’s peace and statute implementation.
“The 11-point agreement inked with CK Raut is a peace accord signed in the interest of intact and unified Nepal,” Thapa said, adding, “Raut will renounce the old policy, slogans and flag in accordance with the pact”.
When asked about CK Raut’s cadres shouting slogans supporting Free Mades at the airport in Janakpur yesterday, Thapa commented that cadres had shouted slogans as they were in a dilemma as Raut was recently freed from the jail. “CK Raut and his cadres will not repeat yesterday’s mistake in the future,” Thapa assured.
Thapa stated that it was baseless to say that CK Raut had surrendered to the government and vice-versa. He clarified that Raut had renounced the agenda of free Madhes. He also ruled out the possibility of referendum. “We are working to bring all groups and parties including Netra Bikram Chand to mainstream of politics,” Thapa noted.
The two-day security meeting that started in Bhairahawa saw the participation of Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal, National Investigation Department Chief Ganesh Adhikari, APF Chief Sailendra Khanal, among others.
A version of this article appears in print on March 12, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.