Rajbiraj, December 20
Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party Chairperson Mahendra Raya Yadav said he feared that the pigheadedness of the main opposition CPN-UML would jeopardise republicanism and federalism.
Speaking to mediapersons at a party programme here today, the TMSP chair rued the UML’s obstruction of Parliament. “As the protracted obstruction of the Parliament is a threat to the achievements of the country, the concerned parties should explore ways to end the deadlock through talks,” he argued.
Further, suggesting to the UML that it shouldn’t do anything to add to the complexity of the problem, Yadav clarified that his party wouldn’t accept amendment in the present situation even if it is endorsed by the Parliament. “The amendment bill has failed to address our concerns about provincial boundaries, proportional inclusiveness and citizenship issues and there is no way we can support the bill. We hope that our concerns will be addressed as it was this very hope that led us to support the government. Otherwise, there is no point in supporting the coalition if the government can’t address our demands.”
On the possibility of unification with the Federal Socialist Forum, Yadav rubbished the ‘rumour’ doing the rounds. “It is common for the big fish to eat small ones, but the same isn’t practical in the present context, at least,” he observed.
A version of this article appears in print on December 21, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.