Madhesis will not join Nepal’s government unless their demands are fulfilled through a constitutional amendment, a senior community leader said, terming the calls for talks as “drama
“We cannot join the government without amendments in the constitution that was promulgated last year to accommodate our demands,” Sadbhawana Party co-chairman Laxman Lal Karna said.
“Whenever we launch the protest programmes, the government re-stages the drama of dialogues, which is not acceptable to us,” he added.
He said the country would not find any way out from the existing political stalemate unless the three big parties took joint initiatives for resolving the issue.
A leader of one of the major constituents of the protesting Federal Alliance, Karna said the protesting parties would not ignore talks if the big parties jointly took initiatives for a meaningful talk.
Representatives from both Nepali Congress and the ruling parties CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist should be included for holding meaningful talks, he said.
“But, there should not be talks for the sake of talks,” he said, adding that “the talks should be made meaningful and result-oriented.”
Karna said that the government should meet conditions of the Federal Alliance to hold the dialogue. The government should declare as martyrs those deceased in the Madhes protests and form an investigation commission to probe into human rights violations in the protests, he said.
He added that the alliance would continue their agitation till mid-June.
Over 50 people lost their lives during months-long agitation by the Madhesis which also saw blockade of Nepal’s all trading points with India, resulting in huge shortage of essential commodities and souring
Madhesis, who are mostly of Indian-origin, want the government to rewrite the Constitution so that the concept of secularism, identity-based proportional inclusive representation and federal democratic republic status to Nepal could be constitutionally ensured.