Rautahat, April 13
United Democratic Madhesi Front staged a protest rally in Rautahat district headquarters Gaur today criticising the major political parties for their apathy towards amending the statute as per the demand of the Madhes.
The rally that had started from the local BP Chowk had scores of UDMF leaders and cadres who chanted slogans against the major parties and condemned their decision to head to the polls without amending the statute. They also vowed to thwart the polls at all costs.
Speaking during the protest today, Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Central member Rewant Jha bemoaned the injustice and oppression faced by the Madhesi populace. “The major parties and leaders want to always keep the Madhes under their thumb, which won’t do,” he said.
“See how the government didn’t show an iota of seriousness when five people lost their lives here more than a month ago. This is too much of apathy any community could receive from the state,” he added, saying the Madhesis are ready to go to any extent to boycott the upcoming election and get their concerns addressed.
Sadbhawana Party Joint General Secretary Ajaya Gupta took the government to task, particularly for its decision to take the nation to polls without doing its bit to ensure the amendment to the constitution. “In view of how the government and the major parties have ignored the Madhes and its concerns, we can’t allow any poll whatsoever and are ready to pay any price,” he observed.
Nepal Sadbhawana Party central member Anil Singh, on his part, pledged to continue their struggle until the Madhes got its rights.
A version of this article appears in print on April 14, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.