Ready for talks if govt creates conducive environment: TMDP Chair Thakur

BIRGUNJ: Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, one of the constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), Chairman Mahant Thakur on Thursday said that the alliance will immediately hold a formal and productive dialogue with the government if the latter creates conducive environment for the same.

He made the statement during a press conference organised in Birgunj this morning.

Accusing the government of not paying heed to the demands put forth by the UDMF, Thakur said that the Front would not sit for talks until the government committed to address its demands.

The demands include withdrawal of curfew, sending the Nepali Army to the barracks, releasing all arrested protesters, compensation to the family of deceased and treatment of injured protesters among others.

Though the government had earlier announced to provide compensation to the families of those killed in violent protests in various districts of Tarai, the announcement has not been implemented yet, Thakur stated.

He further went on to say that thousands of people were compelled to leave their houses due the suppression of Nepal Army.

While talking to the media persons before leaving for the Capital to hold a meeting with the three parties' talks team, Thakur said that the newly promulgated constitution has failed to incorporate the demands of the Madhesi people.