Tarai party cadres vent ire at their leadersSupporters of the Madhes-centric parties who voted in the prime ministerial election burned the effigies of their leaders in various Tarai districts on Tuesday branding them as traitors to their protest.
Supporters of the Madhes-centric parties who voted in the prime ministerial election burned the effigies of their leaders in various Tarai districts on Tuesday branding them as traitors to their protest.
They also announced their protest will continue until their demands are fulfilled.
“This protest is for the people of Madhes, not for those leaders,” said Raj Kumar Yadav , central member of Sanghya Samajbadi Forum.
After their leaders voted in the prime ministerial election, many local leaders and activists have also resigned en masse.
The Madhes protest continued in Bara district on Tuesday. The protesters vented their ire at their leaders for participating in the government formation process.
“Our leaders betrayed us by participating in the government formation process that was enabled by the constitution which they had been protesting so far,” the protesters declared.
In Nawalparasi, the protesters have started to exert pressure on their leaders to lift the ongoing banda.They are of the view that there is no no point in staging protests and enforcing banda since the leaders participated in the government formation process.
“The people are angry at the behaviour shown by the Madhesi leaders. Their double standard nature was exposed when they voted in the prime ministerial election,” said Tulsi Gupta of Ramgram VDC.
Dipendranath Sukla, central member of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L), said their protest will continue despite the party’s decision to join the government led by CPN-UML.
The supporters of Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha and Sanghiya Madhesi Morcha in Dhanusha also criticised the Madhesi leaders for voting in the prime ministerial election. They accused the senior Madhesi leaders of undermining the Tarai movement.
Mahakanta Thakur, a member to Madhes Jana Aandolan Struggle Committee, blamed the Madhesi leaders of voting for those leaders who had drafted a discriminatory constitution.
“A UML minister was in charge of the Home Ministry when police killed 40 Madhesi protesters. And yet our leaders took part in the government formation process,” Thakur said.
Kailali District Chairman of MJF-L Gaya Prasad Kushmi said their protest will continue despite the decision of the party leadership to join the government.
(With inputs from our local correspondents)