BIRGUNJ: Strike called by Upendra Yadav faction of Madheshi Janadhikar Forum has shut down Tarai. The strike was called to protest the appointment of Bijay Gachhadar as the deputy prime minister in the UML cabinet. The Yadav led faction also criticized the Nepali Congress and the UML of trying to split the party. Protesters burnt tyres and protested in Birgunj. Large parts of Tarai are shut with no vehicles plying on the road. Educational and commercial establishments are also closed.