Solution to Madhesi protests in sight: Nepal Prime Minister Dahal

Before coming to India, the Prime Minister held a discussion with leaders from the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and Federal Alliance (FA). Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 17, 2016, 06.39 PM (IST)
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday assured a resolution to the five-month long Madhesi protests and the shortage of essential supplies in the land-locked country. 

Dahal refrained from giving a timeline to resolve the issue but said the government will ensure that the legitimate demands of the Madhesi community are accommodated within the framework of the Constitution. 

On the third day of his visit to New Delhi, Dahal told reporters, "After the formation of the new government, we have started conversations with madhesi morcha, janjanati leaders and others in a very cordial and positive environment to bring consent among the parties. I think within some time the problem will be solved."

Before coming to India, the Prime Minister held a discussion with leaders from the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and Federal Alliance (FA). 

PM Dahal had claimed that the government will register a constitution amendment proposal at the Legislature-Parliament.

He said the Nepalese government was holding sincere talks with the community and he was confident that the Constitution will emerge as a historical achievement for all sections.

"We are holding talks with them (Madhesis). Before coming here, we had a meeting with them. Talks are going forward in a cordial environment. I am confident that a positive solution to the problem will be found soon," Dahal said. 

The Madhesis had alleged that certain provisions of the newly-adopted Constitution politically marginalised the community. The protests that stretched for almost five months had led to the closure of key trading points with India. 

The mostly Indian origin community had sought New Delhi's intervention on the issue. But Dahal asserted that amendment to their Constitution is an internal process. 

He said "I have never seen Madhesi agitation by linking it with anyone. I was also leader of Madhesi protest."

Dahal termed his visit to India a success, saying there is a convergence between India's neighbourhood first policy and his government's top priority in improving ties with the neighbours.

(WION with inputs from agencies)