Rautahat, March 9
Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairperson KP Sharma Oli has said his party could form a government in Province 2 if the party so wanted.
Addressing a mass meeting organised by NCP (NCP) in Garuda, Rautahat, today, NCP Chair and prime minister observed that just like any other province, Province 2 too would have a government led by his party if the present government formed with the mandate of Madhes failed to deliver as per the people’s aspirations.
“It won’t be a surprise if NCP forms government in Province 2 in future if the parties that are at the helm with the mandate of the people fail to deliver as per people’s expectations,” said Oli, who cited the turnout in the meeting today to discredit the anti-Madhes charges against the present government.
“It was Rautahat’s Inarwari from where we had blown the bugle of our agitation against monarchy about 45 years back. While I myself was arrested back then, my friends were also incarcerated. Then how can we be anti-Madhes?” asked the PM.
Further, the PM also talked about the recent agreement with CK Raut and his group that had long been operating in the plains with its separatist agenda. “We’ve even brought the group that had been seeking to split Madhes from the country into the mainstream. In fact, we are trying to unite everyone,” he said.
The PM also vowed that the under-construction Postal Highway would be completed by the next elections. “As for the East-west railway line, its construction will start soon as feasibility study has already started,” he said.
On the occasion, NCP (NCP) co-chairperson and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said federal republicanism is the result of the sacrifice of brave heroes, including 1,300 of Tarai Madhes. “There are many others who are still missing from this stage today I would like to pay respect the families concerned,” he said.
“It was not a small feat to bring peace, but we did it. Now we’ve one of the best polity in the world that we established through the Constituent Assembly, which is a great achievement,” he remarked. “There is no alternative to NCP (NCP) in the country now and this is why all the designs against us have failed,” he observed.
Another NCP (NCP) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal also spoke on the occasion.
Nepal also dwelled on many movements and campaigns that his party had started from Madhes. “Be it the farmers’ agitation or a campaign against the feudal lords, or many other such campaigns or agitations, they all had started from Rautahat and they were all launched by the communist party,” he said.
“In fact, Madhes-based and other political parties have lost their sleep in the face of the unification of the two largest communist parties of the land,” he said, adding the party will move ahead for the prosperity of the country by taking into confidence all the people living in the Tarai, hills and the mountains.
A version of this article appears in print on March 10, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.