Kathmandu: Amid the deadlock over
government formation in Nepal, Terai-based Madhesi parties
have claimed the right to lead a new coalition in a bid to
meet the new deadline set by President Ram Baran Yadav.
Leaders of three Terai-based political parties --
Madhesi People`s Rights Forum (Democratic), Terai Madhes
Democratic Party and Sadbhavana Party -- claimed the right to
lead a new coalition government as the major parties have
failed to agree on the formation of a consensus government.
During a recent meeting, the Madhesi leaders claimed
that if the three major parties-- the main Opposition
UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of
Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the key ruling alliance
partners -- could not forge a consensus then it is the turn of
the fourth largest block in Parliament to stake claim for the
If the big parties cannot agree on formation of the
government, then it is our turn to provide a solution, said
Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, the Deputy Prime Minister in the
caretaker government and president of Madhesi People`s Rights
Forum (Democratic), the fourth largest party in the House.
The three Madhesi party together form the fourth
largest block in the 601-member Constituent Assembly, which
functions as the interim parliament.
They have asked the Maoist party, Nepali Congress and
CPN-UML to form a consensus government at the earliest.
The Madhesi parties met senior Maoist leaders today in
an attempt to forge a consensus to forming a new government.
President Yadav extended the deadline to July 12 to
suggest a name for post of the Prime Minister based on
consensus after Nepalese parites failed to meet the July 7
deadline after prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal quit on June
30 following months of protests by the former rebels.
The Maoists, who ended their decade-long civil war in
2006, have claimed the leadership of new government as it is
largest party in parliament.
However, senior leaders in the Nepali Congress, the
second largest party in the House, have also staked its claim
to lead a new government, leading to a political deadlock in
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. The pro-Terai parties argue that people
in the Madhesi-dominated southern plains have long been
treated as second-class citizens in Nepal, where hill-origin
elites dominate politics, the security forces and business.