Rallies backing Madhes stir held

Birgunj, October 14

On the 62nd day of the Madhes agitation, various ethnic communities in Bara and Parsa took out a massive rally in Birgunj to support the stir.

Various communal organisations of Malaha, Turaha and Gopal communities, among other organisations, took out the rally, while Muslims also read a namaj collectively in a show of solidarity with the ongoing agitation raging in the plains for months.

“As the agitation is for a good cause, we prayed to Allah at the border point seeking rights for all minority communities, including Madhesi, Muslims and Dalits,” said Nepal Muslim Forum senior adviser and Unified CPN-Maoist leader Mailana Alisagar Madani.

At the call of the forum, people from the inner villages had participated in the demonstration. Chanting various slogans, they started from Ghantaghar in Birgunj and later reached Miteri Bridge on the Birgunj-Raxaul border point to support the agitators participating in a sit-in.

Tarai Madhes Democratic Party General Secretary Jitendra Sonal, a leader participating in the sit-in at the border point, vowed to give continuity to the agitation and the blockade on the border until the statute is amended or rewritten and implemented. He also urged Madheshis not to be misled by any false calls and assurances of anti-Madhesh elements and agents.