KATHMANDU: Members of the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal presidium have met Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa today and drew his attention towards responding to the demands raised by RJP leader Resham Chaudhary.

Saying that the state of health of the 26 people including leader Chaudhary, who are staging a hunger strike inside jail, was deteriorating, the leaders urged the Home Minister to resolve the matter at the earliest. They also argued that there were no legal hurdles to bring Chaudhary to Kathmandu from Kailali and hand him his Member of Parliament certificate and administer oath of office and secrecy.

At the meeting held at the Home Ministry, Minister Thapa said the government was serious about the health condition of the 26 people including leader Chaudhary and the Ministry was working to address the demands that could be met immediately. He said that matters other than those related to the court could be resolved through dialogue and discussion.

Putting forth a three-point demand including handing over certificate of MP and withdrawal of cases filed in relation to the Kailali incident, leader Chaudhary and 25 others are staging a fast-unto-death inside the jail since March 4.

Leader Chaudhary has been accused of masterminding the incident that took place in Tikapur of Kailali in August 2015. Eight persons including Senior Superintendent of Police Laxman Neupane were killed in the incident. Chaudhary had been on the run since the incident but was elected to the House of Representatives from Constituency 1 of Kailali district in absentia.