UDMF refuses PM Dahal's proposal, announces fresh stir

KATHMANDU: The United Democratic Madhesi Front has refused Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's proposal and announced fresh agitation against the government, scheduled elections and implementation of new structure in the local level.

After the Prime Minister asked the alliance of agitating Madhesi parties to take part in the local elections with an assurance to resolve the issues of provincial boundaries through a commission later, the UDMF held a meeting of the top leaders of constituent parties for several hours today.

"We held a long discussion on the Prime Minister's proposal. But we did not see any basis to trust him as he has failed to walk the talk in the past," Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party leader Brikhesh Chandra Lal told THT Online over phone.

The agitation includes non-cooperation to all the activities related to the scheduled elections as well as the implementation of new structure in the local level.

After the meeting, Mahantha Thakur of Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party, Upendra Yadav of Socialist Forum Nepal, Rajendra Mahato of Sadbhwana Party, Mahendra Prasad Raya Yadav of Tarai Madhesh Sadbhawana Party, Sarat Singh Bhandari of Rastriya Madhesh Samajwadi Party, Anil Kumar Jha of Nepal Sadbhawana Party and Raj Kishor Yadav of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum Republican issued a statement this evening, saying the agitation will be launched against the government along with the completion of process to withdraw the support to it from tomorrow (Thursday).

One of the constituents of the UDMF, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal has already handed over a letter to the Speaker to inform her about the party's decision on support withdrawal.

The UDMF said it will gherao the district election offices across the country on March 28 as part of the agitation.