Nepal Today

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ruling terai party threatens to launch movement

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 23 Jan: In an unprecedented political development, ruling Nepal Sadbahvana Party (NSP) presented a memorandum to Prime Minister Prachanda Friday with demands of the south.
The demands presented to the government chief by Minister of Supplies Rajendra Mahoto accompanied by a to launch an anti-government if they aren’t met by 26 February.
MTLP, the fifth largest party in the CA and the second biggest in the south, also formed an ad hoc committee after a meeting of national workers in Bhairahawa Friday to push regional demands.
“We are compelled to launch a movement. There was an eight-point agreement between government and United Madesh Front and it hasn’t been implemented as yet,” leader Mahanata Thakur said.
The party has already withdrawn its support for government charging it hasn’t met committed demands on the region bordering India.
The biggest party in terai and also a partner in the Maoist-led government has threatened to quit CA if demand for One Madesh,One Pradesh isn’t met.
Maoists reacted immediately.
The party central secretariat Friday called a meeting of Madesh lawmakers to discuss how to ‘scientifically’ address the terai issue.
Controversial Maoist central committee member and former minister Matrika Prasad Yadav has announced he’ll launch a regional party defection from Unified CPN (Maoist) accusing it of abandoning Madesh pushed during the people’s movement by promoting autonomy.
Former Maoist combatants have already quit forming regional organizations.
Maoists are clearly concerned with push for regional demands amid accusations the demands of the region have been abandoned by the leading party in government.

Party of home demands resignation

Kathmandu, 23 Jan: Students activists of ruling party CPN-UML called for the resignation of ailing Home Minister Bamdeb Gautam in Pokhara Friday for failure to provide protection from Maoist attacks.
Gautam leads the CPN-UML team in government and is also deputy prime minister in the Maoist-led government.
Three dozen students and policemen were injured this week in direct clashes between student loyalists of Unified CPn (Maosit) and CPN-UML.
Secretary General Jhalanath Khanal threatened to quit government of such attacks continued while he visited injured party supporters undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital Friday.
The party is in a dilemma.
One day earlier Khanal said the party will continue in government because according to him withdrawal will only benefit ‘regressive forces’.

Malaysia out of bounds for Nepali workers

Kathmandu, 23 Jan: Malaysia Friday said stop entry of foreign workers, including Nepalis, to protect jobs for nationals during a recession.
Malaysia is a popular destination for Nepali workers.
Nearly 300,000 Nepalis are currently employed there,


“President Koirala urged the PM to be careful while speaking in the public and at the same time not to speak like a rebel leader.”

(Congress leader Ram Chandra Paudel, The Rising Nepal, 23 Jan.)


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