Country will soon get outlet, assures DPM Thapa

Kamal Thapa

Biratnagar, Jan 13: Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa has said that the problems surfaced in the country due to the agitation in Terai would be resolved soon as the ongoing talks with the agitating Madheshi leaders were moving towards fruition.

Speaking with the media persons at the Biratnagar Airport in Biratnagar, Morang today, DPM Thapa confided that as talks and discussions with disgruntled Madhesi leaders were doing the round thickly lately, the disputes were being narrowed down, as a result the signs of resolution were seemingly visible.Thapa, also Minister for Foreign Affairs, expressed his confidence on the same citing the continuous efforts of the high-level political mechanism comprising top leaders from Nepali Congress, UCPN (Maoist) and CP (UML) for holding positive and decisive talks with dissenting Madheshi leaders.

Various Madhesh-centric political parties have been waging agitation in several districts across southern plains over four months in protest of the new constitution. They say that the new national charter does not reflect their interests.

On the occasion, Thapa, on the behalf of the government, urged the agitating Madheshi-leaders to quit their indefinite strike, stating that it was not doing any good to the country and the countrymen.

Stating that the three-point concept brought by the government in an attempt to address their demands was even welcomed by India, DPM Thapa shared that the misunderstanding with the southern neighbor was almost cleared through diplomatic means.

He believed that the Prime Minister’s first foreign state-visit to India, likely to take place soon, would further consolidate Nepal’s relation with this South Asian giant.

Thapa further said that the supply of essential goods from India would be smooth in few days as the supply of goods from the check points with India, except for in Birgunj, was already smoothened.

A high-level mechanism to be formed will forge a common viewpoint on the delineation of federal provinces in three months of deadline, according to DPM Thapa, whereas the other demands of Madhesi leaders as determination of electoral constituencies on the basis of population and proportional inclusive representation in parliament and public offices will be met through the endorsement of the Constitution Amendment Bill by the Legislation-Parliament.

Thapa, who is also taking charge of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, clarified that local bodies’ election, long overdue in Nepal, would be held in the current structure and will be re-held upon the implementation of federal set up.

He reaffirmed that the incumbent government was committed to deliver its promises to illuminate the country through the development of energy and expansion of road connectivity across the nook and corners of the country. RSS