Upendra Yadav urges Madhesi people to revolt for rights

RAJBIRAJ: Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum chairman Upendra Yadav today called on the Madhesi people to agitate since other political parties were preparing to impose a Presidential rule in the country instead of drafting the constitution.

Addressing a protest programme, organised by the party in Raj stadium, Yadav accused the ruling coalition partners of conspiring against the rights to be guaranteed for the people in the region. "Dividing Madhes into several states in a component of their ill-conceived idea," he alleged.

He said the third Madhes movement was launched in order to press the government to draft the constitution on time and to ensure the rights of all Madhesis including the dalit, Muslim and other marginalised groups.

He said, "A constitution that seizes the rights of the people will not be democratic merely by its name."

Yadav said the present government was dominated by a group of losers while the special security plan launched by the ruling coalition had failed to maintain law and order in the country. He claimed that the High Level Political Mechanism, formed without the Madhes-based political parties, would not be successful. "There are just three Khas Brahmins in the HLPM," he commented. "This won't be effective unless it includes other political parties as well."

Yadav stated that the ruling parties were deceiving the Madhesi people by ignoring the seventh point of a pact signed earlier, which clearly provides for an autonomous state in the Madhes region.

He accused parties of excluding Chitwan area, which is the heart of Madhes, from both the proposed regional states.

Mentioning that the destruction of the Chure region was adding to the desertification of Madhes, Yadav claimed that the ministers of the current government were earning a lot form the chaos. Yadav urged his party cadres to come out with batons to safeguard the Chure region.

MJF co-chairman Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta said the duo had come to learn about the people's opinion whether the party should leave the constitution assembly or intensify the struggle as the government was trying to carve out states on majority basis by keeping aside their vital issues.

Gupta said the agreement signed by the Madhes-based political parties with the then government during the second Madhes movement was ignored at present, though it was signed in the presence of the then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, current Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda, India, the US and the EU.