Proposal of single Madhesi party draws mixed reactions

KATHMANDU, AUG 06 – Political leaders and activists have argued that even though the proposal of forming a single party in Madhes is a welcome one, the idea will find it difficult to bear fruit.
A majority of speakers made such remarks at a programme organised by the Tarai Madhes Bidyarthi Front, a sister wing of the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP), in the Capital on Sunday.

Sadhbhawana Party General Secretary Manish Suman said the proposal of forming a single party was a positive move. However, he expressed doubts regarding how such party would be able to accommodate leaders who are all “vying for power”.

Chairman of Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party Anil Jha termed the move as “the best option, but premature”. TMLP Vice-chairman Hridayesh Tripathy said formation of a single party in Madhes was necessary to ensure the identity and rights of Madhesi people. He also clarified that his party was not insisting on the leadership of such party. “If anyone comes up with a better idea then we are ready to accept their leadership” he said.

Madhesi activist Tula Narayan Sah stressed that having a single party would strengthen the agenda of Madhes. However, he said the Madhesi people are seeking an alternative to the current leadership.

Another activist Dipendra Jha said the proposed new party could have chairmanship on rotational basis with fixed term if disputes arise regarding the leadership.

The TMLP, during its recent Central Committee meeting, had floated the idea of forming a single party in Madhes and also formed a three-member talks team led by Tripathy to discuss it with other Madhes-based parties.

Meanwhile, even though President Ram Baran Yadav invited all the senior leaders of the constituent parties of Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha for an all-party meeting at his office on Sunday, only the second-rung leaders of the parties were present in the meeting.ekantipur

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