SP sets conditions for joining government

Kathmandu, August 16:

Sadbhawana Party (SP) said today that it might join the new government if the common minimum programme pledged to address Madhesi people’s concerns.

The party has nine seats in the 601-member Constituent Assembly.

Sadbhawana Party chairman Rajendra Mahato said they might join the government only if they were in a position to do justice to Madhes agendas incorporated in agreements signed between the then United Madhesi Democratic Front and the government.

“The Maoists have been requesting us to join the government, but we have not taken any decision on the matter yet,” Mahato said at a press conference.

The SP chairman said the people of Madhes would not forgive the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum if it did not make honest efforts to incorporate Madhesi agendas in the Common Minimum Programme.

He said the newly-forged Maoist-UML-MJF alliance would not survive without the implementation of past pacts.

Reading out a press release of his party, Sadbhawana Party general secretary Anil Kumar Jha urged the parties to incorporate in the Common Minimum Programme programmes to solve hardships of populace, ensure a smooth supply of essentials and relief packages for the flood-hit.