Madhesi Front softens protest after constitution amendment

KATHMANDU: The agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front said it would continue the protest programmes even after the first amendment to the Constitution. It, however, has apparently softened its agitation.

The protesting alliance held a meeting in Kathmandu to review the agitation and came up with three programmes, seemingly more moderate than its earlier activities.

The programmes include candlelight vigil in district headquarters to honour those deceased in the protests, on Wednesday; regional assemblies to inform people about latest political developments, on Saturday; and interactions with professionals, intellectuals, labourers and traders about the protesting Front's agendas, on coming Monday.

In a press statement issued after the meeting, the Front said it would announce next protest programmes later, without confirming any date.

Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Senior Leader Ashok Rai, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Vice-Chairman Brishesh Chandra Lal, Sadbhawana Party Co-Chairman Laxman Lal Karna and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party Senior Leader Ram Naresh Raya, in the statement, however, have maintained that they could not accept the amendment, which they said was forcefully carried out as the Constitution on September 20.

They said the struggle would continue till all of their demands were met in a package.

The Front also reiterated its demand that an independent probe be launched into violent clashes during the agitation and actions be taken against the culprits.