UML Secretary Gyawali hopeful of agreement on Madhes unrest by Jan 21

Kathmandu, Jan 14: CPN (UML) Secretary Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the talks between the government and agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) was heading towards a consensus.

Taking part in an interaction organised by the Reporters’ Club here Thursday, General Secretary Gyawali expressed his hope that talks would reach to a logical conclusion within January 21. “Most of the problems concerning the Madhes were near to be resolved, he said urging the political mechanism, formed to seek a way out to the ongoing Madhes agitation, to move ahead by taking the protesting parties into confidence.

The prolonged Madhes agitation has increased the risk of foreign meddling in domestic politics and disturbing communal and social harmony, causing negative impact on national economy, he said, underlining the need of resolving it as soon as possible.

UCPN (Maoist) Spokesperson Dinanath Sharma was of the view of sorting out the disputes over the demarcation of federal units by forming a political mechanism with a constitutional status. The solution to problems at home should be sought internally. The government and the Madhesi Front both were positive to find a win-win solution to ending the Madhes agitation, he said, hoping for a consensus very soon.

Similarly, Nepali Congress and lawmaker Ramhari Khatiwada said experts’ suggestions be followed while carrying out fresh delineation of federal units. Voices of the people instead of political leaders be given priority regarding the demarcation disputes relating to the five districts.

Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Chief Whip Dr Shibaji Yadav said three major political parties’ confidence of having an agreement on the Madhes agitation was a positive one and positive pressure from all sides on the bodies concerned were essential to sort out the problems within the deadline.