CK Raut to quit secessionist movement, join mainstream politics

CK Raut

KATHMANDU, March 8: CK Raut (Chandra Kanta Raut), a leader of separatist movement who has been demanding a autonomous Madhes country for the Madhesi people for the past few years, is announcing that he is quitting his political movement, according to reports.

It has been confirmed that Raut is giving up his separatist movement today to join mainstream politics, reported Republica after confirming the information from his brother Jayakanta.

Raut will make the announcement at a function to be held at the City Hall in Kathmandu today afternoon, where the stage will also be shared by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.

According to various sources, Raut has been holding talks with the government for the past few weeks. He also held a one-on-one discussion with PM Oli today morning.

Multiple sources have also confirmed that Raut will also dissolve the Alliance for the Independent Madhes founded in 2007, advocating for the establishment of independent Madhes and end to end to racism, slavery and discrimination imposed on Madhesi people in its manifesto. The Alliance had made public its manifesto on 21 May 2012 through a press conference in the capital.

Raut who is in judicial custody was ordered a release by the Supreme Court on Thursday. Raut was arrested on October last year while appearing before the Rautahat District Court to attend a general date, and sent to judicial custody.