Thakur flays govt for ‘false cases’ against TMDP men

Kathmandu, November 2:

Chairman of the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) Mahantha Thakur today criticised the government for not withdrawing false charges labelled against his party cadres in Kapilvastu.

Last week, the government withdrew charges against 349 people but not the false cases filed against TMDP cadres, Thakur claimed. He questioned the government’s credibility for not implementing the understanding reached with his party recently.

The TMDP had withdrawn its protest programmes in the Constituent Assembly and stopped picketing the rostrum after Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam assured that the government would withdraw false cases against TMDP cadres.

Thakur also expressed dissatisfaction over the “government’s failure to ensure inclusive representation” in political appointments, saying that just one Madhesi among 25 people was nominated recently in various government and semi-government bodies.

“This reflects that the government is still not free from unitary and authoritarian mindset,” he said. Thakur was also vocal against the Madhesi parties in the ruling coalition. “I do not understand why the Madhesi partners are silent on such important issues,” he said.

TMDP spokesperson Sarbendra Nath Shukla said his party was unhappy at the way the

government has defined “major parties” to form the special committee to look into the army integration issue.

“The Interim Constitution states that major parties should represent the committee. We are the fifth largest party in the CA,” he said. “How come we are not a major party?” he asked.

“We strongly object this act of the government,” he said.

Shukla also flayed the government for not consulting with them on such important issue. “If the government continues to ignore our concerns, we will be compelled to use strong pressure tactics,” he warned.