Madhesi party announces fresh anti-poll agitation

RJP leaders said the offer from Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” to amend the Constitution in order to address some of their demands was “too little and too late”.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published:June 12, 2017 1:37 am

All efforts to bring the Madhes-based Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) into the electoral process under the Constitution that it has all along boycotted failed as the ruling parties — Nepali Congress and the Maoists — rejected its demand to postpone the second phase of the local bodies election slated for June 28.

RJP leaders said the offer from Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” to amend the Constitution in order to address some of their demands was “too little and too late”. They announced on Sunday that not only would they not participate in the polls, they would also make “every attempt” to obstruct it. The RJP said that it would hold series of protests, beginning with “Mashal” procession Monday, and go for a general strike beginning June 24 with a call to people to foil the election.

Soon after the RJP announcement, its cadres went on rampage in two Madhesi districts obstructing the election rallies.

The final breakdown of the talks came when Deuba and Prachanda told the RJP leaders that poll dates will not be postponed. In turn, RJP chief Mahanth Thakur said the ruling coalition was against giving due space to Madhesi groups in national politics.

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    Bihari Krishna
    Jun 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    The RJPN is composed of parties led mostly by first generation Indian immigrant, self-declared Bharatbadi Madhesi politicians who in 2015 had also committed the grievous antinational activity of sitting at the Raxaul border, by their own admission, at the behest of India. Therefore, they remain absolutely devoid of any support among the more established Madhesi communities in the tarai as also evidenced by the fact that they had managed to win only in 11 of the 116 cons uencies in the last election. So, they are in no position to face an election all over again for fear of having to relive the utter humiliation of being rebuffed at the polls. Instead, it is more profitable for them to try to disrupt election, because it just takes hiring a score or two of stone throwers to be seen as protesting for their demand. This also helps their mentors across the border to keep their own jobs by tel their own paymasters that they have kept their Trojan horses alive and kicking in Nepal.
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