KATHMANDU: Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic (MJF-D) leader Sharat Singh Bhandari has been relieved of his party post and responsibilities for what party chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar damned as breaching the party line.
Bhandari, who earlier lost the job of defense minister for making secessionist remarks, has been discharged from the party as well on Tuesday for making alliance with Broader Madhesi Front (BMF) led by Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal (MJF-N) Chairman Upendra Yadav.
Bhandari’s verbal axe on government’s announcement (Gachchhadar himself being Deputy PM and Home Minister) to elect the new CA through fresh polls has been deemed by central committee meeting of MJF-D today as an instant reason to expel him from party.
His bond with oppositions following the dissolution of CA on May 27 actually had angered Gachchhadar to take this consequential action against him.
Gachchhadar and Bhandari were intimate when they had worked for NC till 2008, the year when MJF-D was formed.
Now, Probability for Bhandari to form a new party depends upon how many central committee members will support him.
Meanwhile Bhandari has responded Gachchhadar’s move as a unilateral decision.
Talking to Republica, Bhandari said the decision was expected. “I have taken it naturally. The party had sought clarification through a newspaper not even caring about political culture and decorum,” stated Bhandari, adding, “This justifies party chairman´s highhandedness and bias.”
Bhandari maintained that he would continue to fight for the cause of Madhesi, Muslim, Dalit, indigenous peoples, among others, in future.
Leaders close to Bhandari have taken strong exception to the party decision. “The party is called a democratic one, but there is an authoritarian rule of the party chairman,” said Pramod Gupta, a central committee member close to Bhandari.
Another central committee member Nilam Barma said they were not invited to the Tuesday´s central committee meeting. “There are no doubts that a new party would be formed,” Barma added.
from THT & republica