Roadmap faulty but bid to change govt will thwart safe-landing of Madhes stir: Sonal

BIRGUNJ: A senior leader of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Jitendra Sonal, stated on Tuesday the ongoing agitation and blockade would continue till the government met all demands put forth by the agitating Madhesi parties in a package. He termed the three-point roadmap prepared by the government as faulty and thus unacceptable to the United Democratic Madhesi Front, the alliance of agitating Madhesi parties.

Sonal, however, opined that any efforts to change the incumbent government would be tantamount to thwart the safe-landing of agitation.

He was talking to the media while taking part in a sit-in protest at the Miteri Pul, the bridge that joins Raxaul of India and Birgunj of Nepal, along the Nepal-India border, today.

According to him, the roadmap was incomplete and it could not address the issues of ongoing agitation.

Sonal, who is general secretary of TMDP, demanded that the Constitution Amendment Bill tabled at the Parliament should be rectified, saying the agitating parties would not give in easily.

"We are ready to die for the cause but we won't surrender," he said, "Demands of Madhesi Front should be addressed in a package to bring an end to the ongoing agitation."

Pointing out the need for two thirds majority in the House, Sonal further said it was not right time to rile the CPN-UML by talking about the change of government if the issues of Madhes agitation had to be addressed through the amendment of Constitution.

"Any efforts to change the government at present would be tantamount to thwart the safelanding of Madhes agitation," he said, "It would be very difficult to get the Madhesi demands addressed if we start making a bid to change the government."


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