Bihar leaders 'to send 10 lakh Indians to Madhes agitation'

BIRGUNJ: A plan to bring as many as one million people from the neighbouring Indian state of Bihar in a bid to intensify the ongoing Madhes agitation on the Nepali side has reportedly been agreed between the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and Indian leaders.

After the participation of people gradually dwindled in the five-month long strike, the leaders of UDMF had recently visited Bihar to garner support for their ongoing border-centric protests.

Earlier, Media for Border Harmony and India-Nepal Friendship Association had handed over the invitation to the UDMF for the visit of Bihar.

Dr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the national vice-president of Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD), informed that the people of Bihar would participate in the UDMF's agitation to "defy the domination of the (Nepal) government toward the Madhesi people."

Speaking in a press conference organised by Media for Border Harmony in Muzaffarpur of Bihar on Sunday, Singh, who was a member of Indian parliament, stated that people of Bihar were also ready to stage a sit-in protest in Kathmandu as well as in New Delhi for the rights of the Madhesi people.

After the completion of the programme in Muzaffarpur, the top leaders of all UDMF constituents headed to Patna, the state capital,  to seek further support from the Indian leaders.

Meanwhile, it is expected that the UDMF would hold a meeting after its leaders returned from Bihar to review the protests.

Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav, Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato, Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party's Chairman Mahendra Yadav and Tarai Madhes Democratic Party's lawmaker Jagilal Yadav among others were present in the programme on Sunday.