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Madhesi Front to boycott local polls in Nepal; reiterates its demand for delineation

Not happy with the decisions made by the Nepal government vis-à-vis their demands, the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has decided to boycott the local polls in Nepal. It may be recalled that the local polls in Nepal are scheduled to be held on May 14. Earlier, Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda had expressed confidence that the Madhesi parties would participate in the local polls. UMDF’s decision to boycott the local polls comes after a new Amendment bill was presented in the parliament. The bill claims to have built consensus with the disgruntled parties, but this claim has been rubbished by Madhesi parties.

Speaking on the development, Upendra Yadav, president of Federal Socialist Forum said, “The government came up with another bill which is not according to previous agreements and consents and again does not address the demands. It is denounced by the UDMF and this bill like the previous one has no use.” The Madhesi alliance has decided that they will continue their protest until their demand of delineation and others provisions are accepted by the government.

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