BIRJUNG: Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF) chairman Upendra Yadav said that the MJF had begun an agitation to pressurise the government to implement former pacts. He arrived in Birgunj to attend the plenum central committee meeting which began on Monday.

Yadav further informed that his party is going to start the agitation on January 15 for implementation of the 22-point agreement in the past.

He clarified that an agitation cannot be peaceful once it starts. He said that the government would face difficult problems if they start their second phase of agitation. He warned that the MJF would be resume their protest programme until the establishment of One Madhes One Region.

Talking about the High-Level Political Mechanism (HLPM), Yadav criticised it saying that it should have been formed only after consultations with all the political parties instead of being limited to three political parties. He said that the HLPM's criteria, decision and direction remains unclear and therefore it could not function in an effective manner. He said that the leaders meet only to have tea.

Yadav said that the new constitution could not be framed in the current political situation of the country. He hinted at the national consensus for the same. He described the government as being very weak citing the case of a minister beating up a Chief District Office (CDO) and another CDO being shot at. He alleged that Nepali Congress, like Rastra Prajatantra Party Nepal and the Rastriya Janamorcha, is against federalism. He mentioned the controversial statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Kaoirala about referendum as an example of conspiracies within the government.

He also urged that the government has to conduct dialogue with Terai based armed groups in an honest manner to bring them into mainstream politics.

Briefing about his own party CC meeting, he informed that the meet would discuss the national and international political situation, inter-party politics, and constitution building process as well as the effectiveness of the upcoming Madhes agitation