KATHMANDU, June 17: Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) has categorically ruled out the possibility of electoral allinaces with any political parties for the new elections. Its statement comes amid public comments by some Madhesi leaders that they were in favor for such allinaces with Madhes-based parties during the Constituent Assembly (CA) election scheduled for November-22.
Responding to questions raised during central committee (CC) meeting on Saturday in the capital, TMDP Chairman Mahantha Thakur said the party had not thought about forming any alliance for the CA election.
“We will not join any alliance of political parties for the election of the CA, not even even the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) which was an alliance in parliament of five Madhesi parties.” General Secretary and Spokesperson of TMDP Sarbendranath Shukla quoted Thakur as saying in the meeting.
However, Thakur stressed on need of alliance between social groups for the cause of federalism. “The alliance between various social groups [Madhesi, indigenous, Muslim, women, minorities among others] must be continued until federalism is achieved,” Shukla quoted Thakur.
He blamed Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML for the dissolution of CA without promulgating a new constitution. “They (NC and CPN-UML) are responsible for the dissolution of the CA as they were neither ready for concensus nor vote on the disputed issues of the new constitution,” Vice-chairman of TMDP Brikhesh Chandra Lal quoted Thakur as saying in the meeting. “They had no intention of promulgating the new constitution from the CA.”
The leaders also criticized the former CA Chairman Subas Nembang for not calling meetings of the CA.
Thakur also said it would be unacceptable to his party if previous agreements on constitutional issues reached among the political parties was scrapped and there were moves to reach new agreement on those same issues.
“New consensus must be forged by approving previous agreements reached between political parties on thorny issues of new constitution,” Lal quoted Thakur as saying.
Similarly, Thakur stated that a new constitution promulgated from outside of the CA would not be acceptable to them. “It will not be acceptable to us, if a constitution is promulgated by a commission,” Lal quoted Thakur as saying.
Shukla and another General Secretary of TMDP Gobinda Chaudhari briefed the meeting about ongoing regional and districts conventions. Eight central leaders including Vice-chairman Hridayash Tripathi put forward their views on the current political situation and electoral strategy of the party.
According to leaders, the CC meeting will continue on Sunday. republica