Legitimacy for JTMM sought

Rajbiraj, October 6:

Central member of the Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandidevi) Khushilal Mandal today said that the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM) should be accepted as a political force.

“If we believe the Maoists’ charge that India is boosting the JTMM, we should not forget that the Maoists also are getting help from India,” said Mandal at a press conference in Rajbiraj.

Things may get from bad to worse if the government does not address the JTMM problem in time, said Mandal.

Though there is conflict between the Maoist cadres and the JTMM in the Madhesh region, the government is not addressing the problem, said Mandal, adding the Maoists’ act of withdrawing the ceasefire call in Siraha and Saptari and the murder of MP Krishna Charan Shrestha by JTMM was proof that affairs are worsening.

The Maoists should be accountable to improve the condition of the nation, he said. He said all issues related to the future of nation should be decided through a constituent assembly.

Mandal said that the nation is in a transitional phase now and the Maoists should stop the incidents of murder, collection of donation, terror and abduction.