KATHMANDU, September 24: The Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), currently at odds with the government, has initiated internal preparations for a protest following the Ministry of Home Affairs' decision to revive the investigation into the Gaur massacre.
Upendra Yadav, the chairman of JSP, has announced a three-month nationwide orientation program running from August 20 to November 19. Despite the nationwide scope, the leaders of JSP have emphasized the significance of the program held in Madhesh Province.
JSP has clarified that the orientation program, regardless of its name, is designed to ready its members for a potential movement. Manish Suman, the party's spokesperson, revealed that all of the party's fraternal organizations, from ward committees to the central committees, are actively engaged in the orientation program.
Chairman Yadav isn't the sole driver of the orientation program. He has delegated responsibilities to all central members of the party. During the opening of the orientation program, Chairman Yadav raised concerns about the Ministry of Home Affairs' agreement with the protestors regarding the Gaur incident. He accused the government of attempting to ignite tension in Madhesh Province by reviving the Gaur incident.
“We are always ready for action. Our agitation will persist until our demands are met,” stated JSP executive committee member Mrigendra Singh Yadav, “However, the party chairman has called for the preparation of this agitation to boost the morale and engagement of our members.”
According to Spokesperson Suman, the central leadership has instructed all seven provincial committees to develop the agenda for the orientation program. As per these instructions, the Madhesh Provincial Committee has established a work schedule for the orientation program running from September 17 to September 24, with each committee devising its own distinct agenda.
The purpose of the orientation program, as stated by Spokesperson Suman, is to bolster the party's organizational structure and activate its cadre base. Chairman Yadav is currently spending most of his time in Madhesh Province, with infrequent visits to Kathmandu. Even when in Kathmandu, he swiftly returns to Madhesh Province.
Sources within JSP have revealed that Yadav had advised Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal against including the Janamat Party in the government. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister proceeded with the decision to bring the Janamat Party into the government, resulting in the removal of one of Yadav's seats. Despite his discontent with the Prime Minister's actions, Yadav has not withdrawn JSP leaders from their government roles. Presently, two JSP leaders continue to serve in the government.
Relations between JSP Chairman Yadav and Janamat Party Chairman CK Raut have deteriorated since the general elections. JSP leaders perceive PM Dahal’s decision to include the Janamat Party in the government as an alternative to JSP.
Yadav remains dissatisfied with the Prime Minister's recent actions, particularly the Ministry of Home Affairs' agreement with protestors and the inclusion of the Janamat Party in the government.