UDMF says ready for talks, but refuses to end protests

KATHMANDU: The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Sunday told the government that it was ready for talks.

The agitating alliance, however, did not agree to end the protests as asked by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Writing to the Prime Minister in response to his letter sent on Friday, the Front consisting of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal, Sadbhawana Party and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party-Nepal held the government and three major parties responsible for failure of past rounds of talks.

The Front accused the erstwhile three-party talks team of failing to present itself with clear views on the UDMF demands including review on demarcation of boundaries of federal units.

"We are confident that the talks will be meaningful and result-oriented if the three parties and the government present themselves with clear views on these issues," read a letter signed by TMDP Chairman Mahantha Thakur, FSF-N Vice-Chairman Lalbabu Raut, SP General Secretary Manish Kumar Suman and TMSP senior leader Ram Naresh Raya.

They, however, said stopping the protests was impossible as it would be a betrayal against protesting people.

"We hence inform you that stopping the protests immediately is not possible," they maintained.