Nepal`s Madhesi party for `political consensus` to end crisis

The parties are also yet to reach a consensus on the drafting of a new constitution to be completed by May 28 deadline.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 22:41 PM IST

Kathmandu: A top political leader of a
Madhesi party from Nepal`s Terai plains bordering India on Thursday
underlined the need for "consensus" for the promulgation of a
new constitution in the country, which is struggling to meet a
crucial May 28 deadline.

Political consensus between mainstream parties and
left forces was essential for promulgating a new constitution,
said Mahanta Thakur, president of Terai Madhes Democratic
Party (TMDP).

However, he accused the Unified CPN Maoist, the
largest party in the ruling coalition, of trying to capture
power by creating obstacles in the constitution drafting and
the peace process.

Political parties in the country are deadlocked over
some of the key issues of the 2006 peace process, including
the fate of the former Maoist combatants, amid demands by the
ex-rebels for their en masse integration with the security
forces.

The parties are also yet to reach a consensus on the
drafting of a new constitution to be completed by May 28
deadline.

Thakur said a constitution drafted only by left forces
will not be acceptable to the Madhesi parties.

Nepal`s Terai plains are home to about half of the
country`s 30 million people, and the residents of the region,
are known as Madhesis, who are of Indian origin.

Thakur said his party was also against the extension
of the term of Assembly. He accused the government led Jhala
Nath Khanal of not being serious in pushing forward the peace
process.

Khanal, who was elected the Prime Minister on February
3 after 17 attempts over a seven-month period, has been unable
to push forward the stalled peace process.

The political deadlock has been hugely damaging for
Nepal, which is still reeling from its decade of civil war
that ended in 2006. At least 13,000 people were killed in
Maoist-led-insurgency.

PTI