Madhesi leaders visiting New Delhi to meet Indian leaders

KATHMANDU: It has been learned that the top leaders of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front will visit New Delhi and meet the Indian leaders to express their concerns over the ongoing Madhes agitation in Nepal.

Rajendra Mahato, the chairman of Sadbhawana Party which is a constituent of UDMF, confirmed that the chiefs of parties affiliated with the UDMF are visiting India.

Mahato, who is currently in Malangawa of Sarlahi, told THT Online over telephone that the leaders of other political parties, particularly the ruling parties, had misled the Indian leadership about the Madhes agitation and Madhesi leaders.

"Therefore, Madhesi leaders thought that it was necessary to visit Delhi to clear the doubts of the Indian leaders," he said.

Meanwhile, the tripartite talks among the ruling parties, the main opposition Nepali Congress and the UDMF, called for this evening, was put off as the UDMF leaders did not show up at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar citing their busy schedule.

The top leaders of UDMF who were available in the Capital, on the other hand, had gone to hold discussion with the Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, this evening, according to UDMF sources.

Meanwhile, the major parties -- including the ruling CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist, and the main opposition Nepali Congress -- have decided to address the demands of agitating Madhesi parties through the amendment of Constitution within three months.


Tripartite talks put off as Madhesi Front leaders do not show up