National Briefs

MJF unveils stir plan

KATHMANDU: With a view to exerting pressure on the government to fulfill its demands, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) declared its protest plan on Thursday. Organising a press meet at the party’s central office Balkumari, MJF chairman Upendra Yadav made public the plan that begins on January 16 and continues till February 3. Yadav blamed the CPN-UML-led coalition for the failure to implement the past agreements. “Although we served an ultimatum to the government two months ago to fulfill our demands, it turned a deaf ear which compelled us to take to the streets,” he said. Submitting memorandums to the DAOs, protest rallies, mass meetings, torch rallies and sit-ins, among others, are the protests planned by the party. The MJF wants the implementation of the eight-point agreement reached between the then GP Koirala-led government and the Joint Democratic Madhesi Front on February 28, 2008, among others.

NC cadres clash

BIRGUNJ: A dispute over the guests called at the dais led to a clash among the activists of Nepali Congress here at the ongoing district convention of the party at Birgunj City Hall on Thursday. NC acting president Sushil Koirala was the chief guest at the function. The programme was delayed by an hour due to the clash. The dispute erupted when the emcee asked some student leaders to be seated in the audience row. The irked students climbed up to the dais arguing that they were neglected while the cadres close to Deuba faction were preferred.