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Maoist-Madhesi pact ends deadlock

  

PRAKASH ACHARYA

KATHMANDU: Days of uncertainty in Nepal politics is finally over as Unified CPN-Maoist found an ally in United Democratic Madhesi Front to form the coalition government led by Maoist vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai.

The four-point agreement reached between both parties, which was made public in a joint press conference at International Convention Centre just before prime ministerial polls, stated that efforts would be made to determine the number of combatants for integration and other issues, including integration of combatants in certain unit, their duties, rank, rehabilitation package and handing over of weapons to government.

The government would arrange special relief to the victims of various movements and oppressed and backward groups.

The agreement announced to withdraw cases related to Maoist, Madhes, indigenous, Tharuhat, Dalit and oppressed groups’ movements and to begin the process of amnesty.

Both parties expressed commitment to ensure basic human rights as per universally accepted principles, constitutional supremacy, rule of law, press freedom, independent judiciary, inclusive democratic republic, autonomous region, federal system with right to self determination, periodic election, social justice, protection of national unity and integrity.

Rejecting the need of state restructuring commission, the pact states that formation of the

commission has no justification as the Constituent Assembly committee already prepared draft on the issue.

Bringing an inclusive bill in the parliament within 15 days and beginning the process of recruiting Madhesi communities in Nepali Army’s separate unit are also included in the pact.

They expressed commitment to bring a proposal from concerned bodies to fill the vacant posts in constitutional and diplomatic bodies within 15 days. Priority will be given to improve relation with neighbouring countries.

The fiscal budget will be revised and concerns of Madhes-based parties will be addressed. A programme will be introduced to improve security in Tarai Madhes region. Government’s decision about national uniform will be reviewed.

UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and chairmen of five Madhes-based parties — Bijay Kumar Gachhadar of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (Democratic), Mahantha Thakur of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Rajendra Mahato of Sadbhawana Party, Jay Prakash Gupta of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Republic) and Mahendra Prasad Yadav of TMDP (Nepal) signed the agreement.

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