HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Newly formed Broader Madhesi Front today announced its first phase of protest programmes to press for, among other things, the guarantee of autonomous Madhes provin-ce with the right to self determination in the new constitution.
The front has announced general and Madhes strike on May 15, 18 and 19 to press for their demands. It will launch its first phase of protest programme from May 6, during which the group will organise interactions in Biratnagar, Janak-pur, Bhairahawa, Birgunj, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.
The front will also organise torch rallies and assemblies in various places of Madhes during the stir, according to press release issued by the front here today. Front leader Upendra Yadav said in a press conference organised at Singh Durbar that they had decided to resort to pressure tactics as their four years’ of peaceful campaign failed to ensure their rights.
The front has presented 14 point demands for clear division of resources and power between the centre and the pradeshes, guaranteee of proportional representation of all the marginalised sections and communities in the government jobs, citizenship right for the children of Nepali citizens, 33 per cent reservation for women in all the government bodies, establishment of high level commission for inclusion, guarantee of proportional representation of all the marginalised communities in both direct and proportional representation (PR) election system, delineation of constituencies based on equal population, 60 and 40 per cent ratio of direct and PR election and incorporations of recommendation presented by thematic committees of the CA into the new constitution.
Madhesi MPs representing other political parties were also present in the press conference. The front also demands for the recognition of separate family law for the Muslim community.