Though Madheshi leaders are putting various conditions to vote for getting the new map, that includes Nepali territories of Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh-Kalapani (LLK) region of Nepal in it, endorsed through the parliament, here in Tarai Madhesh there is a huge resurgence of public support in favour of the government on this particular issue.

KATHMANDU, June 25: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has begun talks to form alliance with fringe parties in order to revive the identity movement which has been losing steam since the promulgation of the new constitution in 2015.

JANAKPUR, Aug 19: Prime Minister KP Oli has assured the Madhesi people of amending the constitution if any discriminatory elements still existed in that document.

SIRAHA, May 18: Only a Madhesi woman knows how challenging it is for women of her community to step out of their houses and explore the outer world. Earlier, engaging themselves in income-generating works by putting aside their stoves and shovels was something of a dream for a lot of women and it still is for many. But Ramjhari Yadav of Aurahi Rural Municipality-4, Khajanpur, has dared to make this dream come true. Today, she is attracting women into business through her Integrated Women Agriculture Farm.

KATHMANDU, May 15: As India treads a fine line between Kathmandu and Madhes, the Madhes-based parties face tough choices on the agenda of the constitution.

KATHMANDU, April 26: The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) are weighing on other options available to them amid little progress in coalition talks with the government.

KATHMANDU, March 11: The Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), two Madhes-based parties in parliament, have hinted at supporting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli as he seeks a vote of confidence in the House.

KOHALPUR, March 6: Hasartjaha Darji, 45, of Janaki Rural Municipality, got married some 25 years ago. She has four children aged 11 to 19 years . She is now a grandmother as one of her daughters already has a child of her own.

KOHALPUR, March 3: As per the roles assigned by the traditional society, men should be engaged in labor, business and wages while the woman should be limited only to household works. However, it seems like the time has changed and the roles have been switched. Women nowadays have started earning and also saving it for future.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The Madhes-based parties will join the government if Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's government agreed to form a federal commission to redraw the provincial boundaries, leaders of the Tarai-centric parties said on Sunday.

LAHAN, Dec 25: A fresh debate has begun within the two Madhes-based parties, which have emerged as the fourth and fifth largest parties in the recently held parliamentary elections, whether to join the government of the left parties or stay in the opposition.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Dalit activists have expressed deep disappointment over the exclusion of Dalits from the Madhes region in the central and provincial parliaments. They have also criticized the major parties for this failure.

RAJBIRAJ, Dec 18: Yogendra Jha, 70, has an interesting political experience. Jha, a local of Tilathi, Saptari, was with the Nepal Congress then when, while protesting against the then Panchayat regime, he was arrested and put in jail for months.

BIRGUNJ, Nov 30: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is also the President of the Nepali Congress, has accused the communists of posing themselves as a stumbling block to the amendment to the constitution.

BUTWAL, Nov 17: Established politician Brijesh Kumar Gupta had won the previous two Constituent Assembly (CA) elections from the then constituency-3 of Kapilvastu district. At that time, he was representing Tarai-Madhesh Loktantrik Party, which later went on to merge with five other fringes Madhesi parties to form Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) just a few months ago.

RAJBIRAJ, Nov 13: Chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Upendra Yadav, has begun election campaigning. He has fielded candidacy for the member of the House of Representatives from constituency no 2 of Saptari district.

SIRAHA, Nov 11: Even after the poll alliance between the two major political forces of Madhes--Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN)--most of the candidates of the two political parties are likely to struggle to safeguard their stronghold in Siraha.

MAHOTTARI, September 1: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal's Chairman, Upendra Yadav, has said Madhesi agitation would continue until the demands of Madhes are addressed.

KATHMANDU: Hoping to continue the legacy earned by ‘Madheshi Putra’, which focused extensively on political, social and cultural stories of Madhesh, the makers have decided to direct a sequel ‘Madheshi Putra-2’.

RAJBIRAJ, July 11: Days after the massive floods on July 1 rendered many homeless, life for the locals of Saptari district is yet to retun to normal. The authorities have been unable to respond swiftly, distribute prompt relief or repair the damaged embankments. Members of the general public are still forced to live under the constant fear of more flooding.

TIKAPUR, July 2: In the second Constituent Assembly election of November 2013, the biggest three political parties - Nepali congress, CPN - UML and the CPN - Maoists were left behind by the Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF) in Tikapur Municipality, Kailali. The forum was popular among Tharus and its victory in the election was due to their support. Similar scenario is likely to repeat in this year's local level election.

RUPANDEHI/ KAPILVASTU, June 29: Madhesi voters in all districts of the tarai participated in the local polls with a lot of enthusiasm despite a series of anti-election campaigns and repeated calls by the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) to boycott the polls.

BIRATNAGAR, May 30: With just 26 days to go before the second round of local elections, two key Madhes-based parties - Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) led by Upendra Yadav and Nepal Democratic Forum (NDF) led by Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar - have intensified their preparations for the polls while the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), which was formed after a merger of six Madhesi parties a little more than a month ago, is still undecided.

LAHAN, March 29: With the deadline to register candidates for the second phase of local elections now just four days away, Madhesi parties opposing the polls are in dilemma whether to dedicate their time and resources planning for protests or to contest in the polls.

LAHAN, May 26: In the next seven days, Madhes-centric parties will have to decide whether or not to participate in the second phase of local elections slated for June 14. Since those parties that have remained undecided about participating in the elections are losing their cadres to other parties, some of the Madhes-centric parties are opting to participate in the election due to immense pressure from their cadres.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Three Madhes-based parties have inched closer to forging an electoral alliance in a bid to compete with the national parties in the second-phase  local elections slated for June 14.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Three Madhes-based parties have inched closer to forging an electoral alliance in a bid to compete with the national parties in the second-phase  local elections slated for June 14.

KATHMANDU, May 10: Fringe Madhesi and Janajati parties have accused the governing CPN (Maoist Center) and Nepali Congress of not abiding by the "gentlemen's agreement" to endorse constitution amendment bill before the local elections.

KATHMANDU, April 29: The ruling parties and the parties in the Madhesi Front have registered a joint amendment proposal to the constitution amendment proposal the government had registered in the Legislature-Parliament before.

KATHMANDU, April 28: A day after reaching 'an understanding’ with the UML to roll back a decision to increase the number of local bodies, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday assured Madhesi leaders that these bodies would be increased at least in the Madhesi stronghold  of the terai plains before the local polls take place.

KATHMANDU, April 20: CPN-UML Chairman K P Sharma Oli has said that the decision by various parties to merge into a single party as a 'positive' development.

KATHMANDU, April 13: After a long series of discussions, five Madhesi parties making up a larger portion of Madhesi Front reached merger agreement on Wednesday night.

What do Madhesi parties want?

April 17, 2017 05:00 am

KATHMANDU, APRIL 17: The Federal Alliance (FA), an alliance of fringe Madhesi and Janajati parties which have been demanding major revision in the statute before the local polls, has unveiled additional programs of protest which its leaders say is "aimed at sabotaging the elections process".

KATHMANDU, April 14: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Kamal Thapa has said that the government is all set to hold local-level election even if the agitating Madhesi parties do not partake in it.

PM reaches out to Madhesi parties

April 14, 2017 00:10 am

KATHMANDU, April 14: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday reached out to the Madhes-based parties expressing his government's readiness to address their remaining grievances over all disputed issues except the federal boundaries.

KATHMANDU, APRIL 9: As the hope for political consensus revives four weeks ahead of the local elections scheduled for May 14, top guns of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have intensified what appear like 'poll campaigns in the disguise of protest' in tarai districts.

KATHMANDU, April 9: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba alleged the main opposition CPN-UML of trying to disintegrate the country by annoying Madhesi people.

RAUTAHAT/SAPTARI, March 28: While the Madhes-based political parties remain at odds over participation in the upcoming local polls, Madhesi youths from various districts have expressed overwhelming interest in getting recruited as temporary police personnel  for deployment as poll security.

BIRGUNJ, March 20: Madhesh-based parties have put black ink-like liquid substance over the façade of the signboard of District Coordination Committee(formerly District Development Committee) to cover the words signifying the recent restructuring of local administrative bodies on Sunday morning.

DHULIKHEL, March 18: Nepali Congress (NC) leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat has said that the local level elections would be successful only when the Madhesi Front also moved together with their demands addressed.

KATHMANDU, March 14: The agitating Madhes-based political parties have remained undecided over whether to withdraw their support to the government as the week-long deadline served by them to the government expired on Monday.

JANAKPUR, March 4: Naya Shakti Party Nepal coordinator Dr. Baburam Bhattarai on Saturday viewed that the election date set by the government was a ploy to put local people in the dark.

KATHMANDU, March 2: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has clearly told the agitating Madhes-based political parties that it has now become impossible to garner a two-thirds majority in parliament for the constitution amendment bill.

KATHMANDU, March 1: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal briefed agitating Madhes-based parties that the constitution amendment bill could fail from the parliament in the present situation.

KATHMANDU, March 1: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is scheduled hold yet another round of meeting with agitating Madhes-based parties today at 4pm.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Madhesi Students Forum has urged Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to halt the ongoing Free Students Union elections on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal again urged Madhes-based parties to participate in the local elections by putting the constitution amendment bill on hold.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is holding a meeting with parties in ruling coalition and the agitating Madhes-based parties today at his official residence Baluwatar.

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and other senior leaders of the party are consulting their own lawmakers representing Madhes districts.

PM to meet Madhesi leaders again today

February 19, 2017 17:50 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is scheduled to hold another round of talks with leaders of Madhes-based parties in a while.