New Delhi, October 12: The Madhesi people of the Nepal have come up on the streets and have claimed to reached to no man’s land in the country to show their opposition against the new constitution framed by the previous Sushil Koirala government. The march took place under the leadership of Maharaj Yadav of Madhesi Morcha in Birgunj in Nepal on Monday. Also Read - Nepal: Oli Meets Prachanda to Resolve Differences, Expects Breakthrough Soon
The Madhesi people earlier in the day have sought moral help from India and its interference in resolving the matter, but till now India had kept herself out of the frame and had only appealed to maintain peace in the region. The Madhesh, which occupies 17 per cent of the Terai area of the country, constitute to 51 per cent of the total population of Nepal. Of the total population of Nepal, in Terai, 69 per cent are Madhesis while 31 per cent are non-Madhesis, that is people from hills migrated to Terai. (ALSO READ: K P Sharma Oli elected as new Prime Minister of Nepal: Would it adversely affect bilateral ties with India?) Also Read - Nepal Political Crisis: Oli-Prachanda Power-sharing Talks Fail; Both Agree to Meet Again on Monday
Speaking to the media, Yadav said, “We are all in so much pain and even then we are protesting, we will fight united. We want to send our voice to Kathmandu. We want our rights, we will fight for them.” The Madhesis who are protesting against the newly formed constitution seek more power and rights for their communities. According to the new constitution, the Madhesis are only citizens by descent would be able to hold important government post, which has not been accepted by the community. Also Read - Nepal PM to invite PM Modi to attend Bibaha Panchami in December
Second most important thing that the new constitution states under the previous provision, Madhesis, with more than 50 per cent of the population, got 50 per cent of seats in Parliament. but now the phrase has been omitted in the new Constitution. Madhesis seeks re-insertion so that they continue to have electoral constituencies in proportion to their population. Though there are other specific reasons behind Madhesis are protesting, they want a clear statement from the newly appointed communist Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli and also wants omitted provisions to be mentioned again.