Madhesi activist seeks ‘invalid’ voting ahead of local polls in Nepal

The RJP forced representatives of the Election Commission on duty in Siraha district to sit on a dharna for an hour in support of their demands.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published:June 15, 2017 5:09 am
Rastriya Janata Party, Madhesi activist, Madhesi activist C K raut, RJP chief Mahanth Thakur, world news, latest news Raut has written to RJP chief Mahanth Thakur saying that the second round of the elections “must be used as an opportunity to give a moral blow to the constitution’’.

Activist C K Raut, who has been campaigning for an independent Madhes encompassing Nepal’s 20 districts, has asked the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) to encourage its supporters to vote in a way that their votes becomes invalid. The statement comes as Madhes-based RJP appears determined to boycott the second round of local elections on June 28. It has been interpreted as the rejection of the Nepal’s constitution, which the region’s people allege denies them equal rights.

Raut has written to RJP chief Mahanth Thakur saying that the second round of the elections “must be used as an opportunity to give a moral blow to the constitution’’. He called boycott of the polls “suicidal” as low polling will be taken as “endorsement of the constitution’’. Raut, who is known for his speeches and intemperate language against Nepal, warned RJP against violence to stall the elections. He has asked the party to instead mobilise over 50 per cent electorate for invalid voting.

Raut’s appeal for the peaceful protest comes amid RJP’s violent resistance to the election process in parts of the country to reiterate its demand for constitutional amendment to address Madhes grievances before June 28.

The RJP forced representatives of the Election Commission on duty in Siraha district to sit on a dharna for an hour in support of their demands.

Its supporters vandalised offices of Madhesi Forum, a rival political outfit participating in the elections, in other parts of Nepal including Janakpur.

RJP leaders have told the Nepali Congress and Maoist Party coalition government that the elections must be postponed if the constitutional amendment is not possible immediately.

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    Bihari Krishna
    Jun 15, 2017 at 12:54 pm
    Raut or the RJP band, they are India's Trojan horse in Nepal. While being seeing as agitating, they also handsomely profit too. Many of its members have had stints in the government in the past, and have been found to be obscenely corrupt. So it is not what these obnoxious elements are saying or doing, the point what their handlers across the border are saying and intending. After all, the Indian government has never formally disowned Indira Gandhi's agenda of annexing Nepal's tarai, as disclosed by one of India's top sleuths in his memoir a few years ago.It is time that India learns, because it is this very policy of unwanted intervention that helped alienate all of India's neighbours , sending them seeking solace under China's umbrella. Because India wastes her time and energy in such senseless puruits, she has miserably failed to count at the wold stage. More than the politicians, it is India's Babus who know but find great satisfaction in continuing to war the colonial mantle.
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