Agitation will continue until demands are met: Chairman Yadav

Kathmandu, Jan 5: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Chairman Upendra Yadav on Tuesday said the ongoing agitation in Tarai-Madhes would not let up until the principle of proportional and inclusive representation is implemented in practical terms and the demands for population based constituency delineation and revision of provincial borders are addressed.
At a FSFN press conference held here, Yadav said the proposal for constitutional amendment presented at the Parliament cannot address the demand of the Madhes agitation and that the agitation would not come to a halt even if the bill is passed in the House.
Chairman Yadav further said the proposal brought out by the three political parties for one constituency in one district while dividing the rest on the basis of demography did not tally with any principles. Our demand for dividing the constituencies on basis of population in the provinces remains unchanged, Yadav added.
He blamed the major parties for making a mistake by promulgating the new constitution on a fast track mode while adding that they were making another blunder by forcibly going for constitution’s amendment against the demand and sentiment of the Madhesi people.
“This agitation is against the practice of not taking the Madhesi citizens as the real citizens and always questioning their belief,” Yadav asserted adding, “The agitation will continue until the rights of Madhes are guaranteed.’
He also accused the government of not being serious in holding talks and of staging drama of negotiations in order to evade ensuring the rights of the Madhesi people. We cannot remain at peace until we bring this agitation into a decisive level for securing the rights and opportunities and against discrimination, Yadav said. RSS