KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has decided to launch another round of agitation from February 12, if the constitution amendment bill registered in Parliament is not revised and endorsed by the House by then.
A UDMF meeting on Saturday also decided to stage demonstrations in Madhes on February 5 to mount pressure on the government for the second amendment to the constitution.
“We have decided to launch a new agitation from February 12 if the constitution amendment bill registered in the House is not revised and endorsed by then,” General Secretary of Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Keshab Jha informed Republica Online, “As a preparation for the agitation, we have decided to stage demonstrations in all Madhes districts on February 5.”
In the meeting, most of the UDMF leaders said that they cannot accept the report of the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission (LBRC). The meeting also decided to burn copies of the LBRC report submitted to the government.
“We don’t have any other option than to go for the agitation if the constitution amendment bill is not revised and passed by the House,” said Manish Suman, General Secretary of Sadbhavana Party.
Co-chairman of Sadbhavana Party, Laxman Lal Karna had briefed the UDMF leaders present in the meeting about the talks held with the government for revising the constitution amendment bill registered in the House.
On Friday, the UDMF had held discussions with government representatives for revising the constitution amendment bill and register a supplementary bill.
In the meeting, Ramesh Lekhak and Barshaman Pun represented the government while Karna represented the UDMF.
The UDMF has given the responsibility of holding talks with the government for revising the constitution amendment bill to Karna.
The UDMF has also demanded with the government to remove the chiefs and deputy chiefs of VDCs and municipalities from the Electoral College.