Preparation of New MADHESI Party under Sharat Singh Bhandari´s leadership.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Former leaders of the Madhesi People´s Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) have stepped up preparations for the formation of a new party under Sharat Singh Bhandari´s leadership.

“We have decided to organize our gathering at Rastriya Sabha Griha in the capital while we are looking for hotels to accomodate the cadres,” said Pramod Gupta, former central member of MPRF-D.

Similarly, Neelam Barma, who is also a member of the party´s statute drafting committee, said they would finalize the statute by Monday.

“The statute of our party will be more inclusive than those of other political parties,” said Barma, adding, “We have reserved 33 percent seats for women in the party.”

Gupta said that they will run the party as per the spirit of collective leadership and will accommodate leaders from Madhesi, Dalit, Muslim and women among other marginalized groups in the party.

According to leaders, the new party´s central committee will have 31-41 members. “For the time being, we will form a central committee comprising the former central committee members and lawmakers who quit MPRF-D,” said Barma, adding, “We will expand the central committee as per necessity.”

He stated that around 1,200 leaders and cadres from 22 districts of Tarai and Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktpur districts would participate in the two-day gathering called for Wednesday.

Following the two-day gathering, Madhesi leaders would make announcement of a new party on Thursday amid a press conference.

MPRF-D had expelled Bhandari among other senior leaders last month accusing them of involvement in activities against party policy and interests.

Irked by party move to expel the senior leaders, other central committee members and district leaders of MPRF-D had resigned from the party accusing Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar of ruling the party in “autocratic manner”.

MPRF-D has been organizing gatherings across Tarai districts in its attempt to woo the district leaders to remain in the party.republica

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