Kathmandu, April 13: The United Democratic Madhesi Front of Nepal, comprising major Madhesi parties, has rejected the new Constitution Amendment Bill and decided to boycott next month's local polls on Wednesday. Madhesi leaders said that proposed bill is not sufficient to address their demands. They are demanding constitution amendment on various issues including re-demarcation of provincial boundaries, more representation, citizenship and language.
The meeting decided that the protests would continue unless the demands were met and the Front could not take part in the polls to be held during the protests, according to a statement issued after the meeting, said Keshav Jha, General Secretary of the National Madhes Socialist Party.
The meeting was called to discuss the Constitution amendment bill that the government registered at the Parliament Secretariat yesterday. Upon discussion, the meeting concluded that the bill was not sufficient to address their demands, Jha added.
Meanwhile, the meeting also decided to hold torch rallies in headquarters of the Tarai region on Thursday, with the demand to address their concerns. Likewise, the parties would picket election offices in the districts on Sunday in a symbolic protest of the elections scheduled for May 14.
Top leaders of the constituent parties were present at the meeting presided over by Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur at the party’s central office in Bijulibazaar of Kathmandu.
Moreover, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today said strong commitment among election officers was vital for successfully conducting local level polls slated for May 14. Yadav said, “Professional commitment among election officers across 75 districts will ensure success of the local level election.”