Nepal | June 07, 2020

Six UDMF constituents merge

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
  • Form Rastriya Janata Party
  • FSF-N not to be a part of the new entity

Leaders of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and MJF-D after the six unified to form Rastriya Janata Party.

Kathmandu, April 20

Six constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front today formed a unified party — Rastriya Janata Party.

Among the UDMF constituents that untied today are Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Ray Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party-Nepal,  Sharat Singh Bhandari-led National Madhes Socialist Party, Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Republican and Anil Kumar Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party.

The only constituent of the UDMF that did not become a part of the RJP is Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal, which has been trying to unify with Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party-Nepal.

The Rastriya Janata Party has umbrella as its symbol. The party’s rectangular flag has three colours — red on the top, white in the middle and green at the bottom, with umbrella symbol placed in the middle of white part of the flag.

The unified party will be run on the basis of collective leadership with a system of presidium whereby all six chairpersons of the UDMF constituents rotate the party presidency.

According to RJP sources, all members of the central committees of the parties that unified today will automatically become members of the unified party.

Addressing the unity programme here today, Thakur said the unity of the UDMF constituents was the result of the desire of people and was a historic event. Thakur said Madhes was a rashtra (nationality) established even before Kathmandu.

The state’s character has not changed at all as the state continued to treat one language, one costume and one culture as the identity of this nation, he said.

“We Madhesis are not called Nepalis. Some people say  we are fighting for the recognition of Hindi, but what is the status of all other  languages spoken in Madhes, such as Maithili, Bhojpuri and Awadhi, in the country?” he wondered.

Rajendra Mahato said unity of Madhesi forces meant they had already won half the battle with the state and they would emerge victorious in the fight for their rights. He said the unity of Madhesi forces was the desire of Madhesi people.

“Many people cannot believe we have united but our unity is being celebrated across  Madhes as this was the desire of the region,” he said and added that 88 per cent of votes of Madhesi people went to the three major parties mainly because the Madhesi forces were divided in the past.

Sharat Singh Bhandari said Madhesis’ contribution to the nation was second to none. He said everybody should be treated equally and everybody’s access to country’s resources should be guaranteed.

Mahendra Yadav said the constituents of UDMF made sacrifice to create a party that would emerge as a national party.

Anil Kumar Jha hoped that the unified party would continue the legacy of Gajendra Narayan Singh, who had established Nepal Sadbhawana Party to champion the rights of Madhesi people.

Rajkishor Yadav said they united to fight for the rights of the marginalised communities.

READ ALSO:


A version of this article appears in print on April 21, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Govt issues new guidelines for COVID testing

KATHMANDU, JUNE 5 The Ministry of Health and Population has come up with new guidelines for coronavirus testing, setting priority for testing swab samples using polymerase chain reaction method. The health ministry, in its National Testing Guidelines for COVID-19, has stated that all the suspe Read More...

Health ministry pitches for declaring health emergency

KATHMANDU, JUNE 5 Officials at the Ministry of Health and Population say that declaring public health emergency will help the government deal with the COVID-19 crisis more effectively. Khem Bahadur Karki, health adviser to Minister of Health and Population, told THT that declaring public healt Read More...

194 stranded Nepalis arrive home from UAE, Myanmar

KATHMANDU, JUNE 5 As many as 194 Nepalis from the United Arab Emirates and Myanmar arrived home today on flights operated by the governments of the respective countries. While a Myanmar Air Force aircraft carrying 26 Nepalis landed at Tribhuvan International Airport at 11:00am, another aircraf Read More...

KMC

KMC set to launch ‘Cash for Work’ scheme

KATHMANDU, JUNE 5 Kathmandu Metropolitan City has issued a procedure to guarantee a source of livelihood to the daily wagers, who have been rendered jobless for more than two months as economic activities have been completely halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown. Read More...

Supreme Court of Nepal

SC orders release of illegally-detained man

KATHMANDU, JUNE 5 The Supreme Court today rebuked District Administration Office, Siraha, and others for unlawfully detaining Chakra Bahadur Khatri, a resident of Khotang district, for more than a year. The court asked the National Human Rights Commission to secure the release of the man and w Read More...

Trump orders big US troop cut in Germany, official says

BANGOR, MAINE: US President Donald Trump has ordered the military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany, a senior US official said on Friday, a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the US commitment to the continent. The move would reduce US troops numbers in Germany to 25,000, from the 3 Read More...

15 yrs on, Bandarmudhe blast victims still await justice

CHITWAN, JUNE 5 Fifteen years have passed since the infamous Bandarmudhe bomb blast, but the victims of the incident are still awaiting justice. The bomb blast carried out by the then rebelling CPN Maoist on a passenger bus at Madi of southern Chitwan had taken the lives of 38 people, leaving Read More...

michael jordan

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

CHARLOTTE: Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of “ensuring racial equ Read More...