Madhes stir affecting Tribeni Fair

Gaighat, January 15

Tribeni Fair, the biggest in the entire eastern region that is observed for a fortnight from Maghe Sankranti, has started from today.

The fair, which is observed at the confluence of Tawa, Kakaru and Dudhauli rivers on the border of Udayapur and Sindhuli districts, however, has not been able to attract as many people as last year, thanks to the ongoing Madhes agitation.

According to former chairperson of Tribeni VDC Bhim Prasad Gautam, only a few people attended the fair today.

“Earlier people used to crowd the area on the first day itself to observe the fair, but this year, due to the ongoing agitation in Madhes, the turnout is very poor,” said Gautam, adding, “As transport has been halted in the Tarai districts, the same has prevented devotees from coming here to observe the fair.

”Katari Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairperson Rajesh Shrestha also bemoaned the impact of Madhes agitation on the fair.

“Earlier, devotees from as far as Bihar of India would come to attend the fair, but the case is different this year,” he added.