Madhesis submit 11-point demand to Nepal PM to end agitation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Dec 2015 13:44:44

Nepalese activists carry placards during a protest rally against the ongoing dispute between Nepal and India, in Kathmandu. (AFP)



NEPAL’S Indian-origin Madhesi leaders on Monday submitted their 11-point demand to the Goverment during their first meeting with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to end the political logjam, but no breakthrough emerged from the tripartite talks attended by Opposition Nepali Congress.
After the talks, the Government and the Madhesis said there was no agreement but the talks were headed in positive direction and they have agreed to meet again on Wednesday. The Government and Opposition parties will sit for talks again ahead of the Wednesday meeting to forge a common stance on the demands presented by the Madhesi parties.
During the meeting “both the sides agreed to resolve the issues relating to the Madhesi parties through bilateral and trilateral dialogue,” said Oli’s press advisor Pramod Dahal. This was the first meeting between Oli and representatives of agitating Madhesi parties.
Oli drew the attention of Madhesi leaders to the serious crisis facing the country due to the nearly three-month-long agitation by them near the border trading points with India.
The Government also drew attention to the increasing incidents of violence during the agitation. But Madhesi leaders sought Government’s attention to use of excessive force by security forces to supress their stir.


Indian tourist
bus torched

AN INDIAN tourist bus was torched in western Nepal’s lake city of Pokhara by an unidentified group of people, police said on Monday.
The bus having an Indian number plate was set on fire late Sunday night. Nobody was inside the bus when it was torched.