madheshi Morcha announces stir

kathmandu: The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties, unveiled a month-long protest programme including Tarai banda, denouncing the government’s announcement of local level election date.

The regional parties’ response came shortly after the Cabinet decided to hold the local elections on May 14. The date was announced amid the opposition of the Madhes-based parties, which had supported the election of Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the prime minister.

“They kept telling us that the constitution would be amended before announcing the election date. What is this if not betrayal?” Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato told the Post. “There will be a fitting response from our side.”

Issuing a statement on Monday, Morcha announced to hold torch rallies across the country on Tuesday and shut down 20 districts of the Tarai on Wednesday. After two weeks of initial protest, fresh programmes of agitation would be announced, according to a leader of the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party.