FIMA leaders stress on coordinated talks with all stakeholders to resolve Madhes crisis

KATHMANDU: Leaders of a newly formed alliance of fringe Madhesi parties, Federal Inclusive Madhesi Alliance (FIMA), pointed out the need for coordinated talks with all the stakeholders of Madhes agitation to resolve the ongoing crisis.

Sharad Singh Bhandari, the chairman of Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party, said as the ultras both in the government and the agitating side created uncertainty in the country the FIMA leaders came to Kathmandu find a meeting point. According to him, the Madhes crisis could be fully resolved if the government held talks with all the stakeholders of the Madhes agitation.

Now, the talks should be held in the Prime Minister's leadership with all the stakeholders instead of forming separate talks team, he said.

JP Gupta, the coordinator of Tarai Madhes Rastriya Abhiyan, said the resolution of Madhes issues would be easier if all the agitating forces in Madhes coordinated and put forth their demands jointly.

Gupta accused the top leaders of being indifferent towards resolving the Madhes issues.

Likewise, Anil Jha, the chairman of Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party, said the ruling parties and the main opposition parties did not do enough homework to resolve the Madhes issues but tried to mislead others on the same.

Raj Kishor Yadav of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Republican said their alliance would convince all that the stakeholders coming together would help resolve the crisis sooner.

Earlier today, the top leaders of FIMA had met Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and urged him to take an initiative to resolve the ongoing crisis

Expressing dissatisfaction over the government's modus operandi, they stressed that the Madhes issues should be addressed in a package with all the stakeholders kept on board the process of negotiation.

They told Koirala that if the major parties Nepali Congress. CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist prepared a common stance on the Madhes issues then the crisis resolution would be easier.