MPRF (D) to withdraw support to government

Published On: March 30, 2017 09:25 PM NPT By: Madan Chaudhary


A two-day central working committee meeting of the party which concluded on Tuesday also decided to take part in the local polls. The party has registered with the Election Commission in 48 districts. 

KATHMANDU, March 30: Madhesi People's Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) led by Bijaya Kumar Gachchhdar, the only Madhes-based party in the ruling coalition, on Thursday announced to withdraw support to the government if its demands are not met within a week.  

The party has accused Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's government of “doing nothing to address its legitimate demands”.

MPRF-D leaders said the party will officially sever ties with the government if its demands are not met within the given deadline. The party has put forth a three-point demand that among other things seeks passage of the constitution amendment bill tabled by the government in parliament.

Similarly, it has demanded the government to release the party cadres who were arrested during the Madhes movement and compensate Tharu villagers whose property was destroyed in Kailali.
 
More than 30 members of the party are undergoing trial in connection with the killing of eight police personnel and a toddler in Kailali in 2015. Dozens are facing criminal charges.
 
“The party has decided to submit official notice of withdrawal of support to Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar if demands are not met within the given deadline. If our demands are addressed, we will reverse our decision,” MPRF-D Secretary Ram Janam Chaudhary told Republica. 

“PM Dahal promised us to withdraw politically motivated cases against our cadres six months ago. The file was also forwarded to the cabinet. But nothing has happened yet.”
 
If MPRF-D withdrew support to the government, it would be the last among the regional parties to do so. Other seven parties in the United Democratic Madhesi Front have already withdrawn support to the government. 

The parties had played crucial role in the formation of Dahal's government in August 2016. 

Meanwhile, a two-day central working committee meeting of the party which concluded on Tuesday also decided to take part in the local polls. The party has registered with the Election Commission in 48 districts. 

In the meantime, the party has refuted rumors of party chairperson Bijay Kumar Gachhadar re-joining the Nepali Congress (NC). Speaking during the meeting, party chairman Gachhadar ruled out any possibilities of his joining the NC.


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