KATHMANDU: The Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF) on Sunday handed over a nine-point memorandum to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, urging him to fulfil its demand at the earliest.
MJF president Upendra Yadav and co-president Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta along with senior party leaders submitted the charter of demands to the PM.
It is learnt that the Unified-CPN-Maoist has reached a tacit understanding with the MJF to launch the nationwide stir simultaneously. “We’ll be forced to go ahead with agitation, unless our demands are met,” stated the memorandum. The party wants the implementation of the eight-point agreement reached between the then GP Koirala-led government and the Joint Democratic Madhesi Front on February 28, 2008. It has urged the UML-led government to recognise Hindi as the official language and reinstate Parmananda Jha to the post of Vice-president.
Other demands, include endorsing the Bill on Inclusiveness in Public Services; withdrawing of all politically-motivated cases against all those who were involved in Madhes agitation and revoking the Special Security Plan.
The memorandum also urged the government to stop all recruitment immediately till the new statute, which will have a federal structure, is promulgated.
The party wants new vacancies should be allocated equally between the Madhesis and the Pahadis.
“The Prime Minister has urged us not to initiate a fresh agitation since the government is looking into the demands,” said Gupta.