KATHMANDU: A meeting of the United Democratic Madhesi Front, a loose alliance of Madhes-based Parties and the coalition partner in the incumbent government, today blasted opposition parties — the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML — for working against federalism and accused ‘their’ representatives in the State Restructuring Commission of ‘lobbying’.
According to Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi, senior Vice-chairman of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, a constituent of UDMF, today’s meeting concluded that NC and UML were against federalism and has decided to urge Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to take NC and UML into confidence on several issues, including the January 12 decision to legalise wartime transactions, which has been vehemently opposed by the two big opposition parties. Tripathi also claimed that UDMF had requested Prime Minister Bhattarai to win NC and UML’s confidence before taking such a decision.
Though UDMF meeting today concentrated on lashing out at NC and UML, things don’t seem to be right on track for the government, as chairman of Sadbhawana Party, another constituent of UDMF, today said nobody can save the government in the event of failure to give impetus to the peace process in a month.
Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato, who is also the minister for health and population, today said at an interaction that UDMF would give a month to the government to give momentum to peace and constitution-drafting processes, make arrangements for the ‘bulk’ entry of Madhesi youth into the Nepali Army and bring Bill on inclusion. Mahato was of the opinion that the government’s significance was on the wane with peace and constitution-drafting processes stalled and Madhesi concerns shelved.
Minister Mahato went a step ahead today to accuse Speaker Subas Nembang, Rastriya Janashakti Party Co-chairman Prakash Chandra Lohani and some Madhesi leaders of engaging in bringing division in Madhesi parties.HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE