The UN and other diplomatic missions and donor agencies have at times played the role of activista or catalyst role in Nepal politics, but whether the government is justified in the delay in welcoming the new resident commissioner is something that the government has not addressed publicly.
Nepal, Jan 24 (ANI): Ethnic Madhesi leaders have rejected the first amendment of Nepal's Constitution which was voted upon by the Himalayan nation's parliament after months of protest by their community. Speaker of the parliament Onsari Gharti Magar announced the passage of the first amendment of the Nepal's Constitution in Kathmandu on Saturday. Article 42, 84 and 286 of the Constitution, aimed at addressing 11-point demands raised by Madhesi political parties, were amended. The amendment sought to ensure higher representation in the government bodies on the basis of proportional inclusion of the Madhesis, as well as other marginalised communities. However, the lawmakers of agitating Madhesi political parties rejected the amendment saying it failed to address their core demand. During the parliamentary proceedings, the lawmakers of Madhesi political parties got up and started protesting against the decision of amendment taken by other parties. Later, lawmakers from Madhesi parties walked out from the house. Madhesi parties vowed to continue the protests against the Constitution. Madhesis have been protesting for the last few months over the new Constitution of Nepal which they feel has not addressed their concerns. About 50 people have been killed in police shooting during the protests.
Nepal, Jan 22 (ANI): Three people were killed in southern Nepal on January 22 when police fired on protesters trying to disrupt a rival group's political gathering amid a deepening crisis over a new constitution. Nepal has been in turmoil since adopting its first republican constitution last September, with protesters in the lowland south saying the charter deprives them of a fair say in how the country is run. They have prevented supply trucks from entering from India and choked the landlocked Himalayan nation with a fuel shortage. Two people were killed at Rangeli, 215 km southeast of Kathmandu, when police fired at ethnic Madhesi activists to stop them from disrupting a gathering organized by the youth wing of Prime Minister K.P. Oli's political party. Eight others were also injured in the firing. It was the first deadly incident in more than a month.The United Madhesi Front, which is leading the protests, wants state boundaries to be redrawn to give their communities more power. The Front said this week that talks with government negotiators that started two weeks ago had become "meaningless".
Nepal, Jan 20 (ANI): Hridayesh Tripathi, Vice-President of Terai-Madhesh Loktantrik Party while addressing a press conference in Kathmandu expressed disappointment over inconclusive talks which failed to yield any positive results so far. He added the leaders during the meeting did not lay much emphasis on the Madhesi demands over which the Himalayan nation has been engulfed in protests for the past five months. Nepal's three major political parties, PN-UML, CPN-Maoist, and the main Opposition Nepali Congress associated with the Madheshi front to form a task force in order to find a common ground and address the Madhesi demands in the newly formed constitution. The Southern Terai region of Nepal has been witnessing protests since the newly formed constitution came into existence. Madheshis felt their interest have been ignored. Their demands include re-demarcation of the provinces, fixing of electoral constituencies on the basis of population and proportional representation.