Mahato returns, says found govt's words trustworthy this time

KATHMANDU: Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato returned to Kathmandu from New Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

Upon his arrival, Mahato said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had called him up and urged him to come back with an assurance to fulfil the demands of agitating Madhesi parties.

According to Mahato, he found the government's words worth believing in this time, and thus returned to Nepal. He, however, stated that if the demands were not fulfilled then he would go to the Tarai-Madhes region to launch agitation.

Leaders and cadres of his party welcomed Mahato at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A group of youth, apparently affiliated with CPN-UML's youth wing Youth Association, however, greeted the leader with black flags.

Mahato, who was injured in police action in the Nepal-India border in Biratnagar on December 6, was airlifted to New Delhi on January 1. After getting discharged from the Gurgaon-based Medanta Hospital on January 6, he spent 11 days in the Indian capital.

During his New Delhi stay, he met various Indian leaders, including President Pranab Mukherjee.

Mahato is scheduled to meet Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today evening. He will meet leaders of two other major parties, Sushil Koirala of Nepali Congress and Pushpa Kamal Dahal of UCPN-Maoist, tomorrow morning.

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