Amendment is admission that Nepal statute is faulty: Madhesi leader (IANS Interview)

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Kathmandu, Jan 15 (IANS) A Constitution amendment bill tabled by the Nepal government in parliament barely three months after the new statute was promulgated shows the ruling elite accepts that the new charter is faulty and needs to be corrected, a prominent Madhesi leader has said.

“There is an acceptance that there is an error in the Constitution and, therefore, an amendment bill has been brought,” Mahanta Thakur, senior leader of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) spearheading the almost five-month-old anti-Constitution agitation, told IANS in an interview here.

“Maybe, it is not satisfactory… it is to be seen how far it addresses our concerns,” Mahanta Thakur, who has led the agitation in the southern Terai region of the Himalayan nation, added.

The Madhesi Morcha has been stewarding the protest against the new Constitution, expressing dissatisfaction over the new statute’s content, including demarcation of the federal units, and has called for an inclusive Constitution and citizenship.

Besides Thakur’s Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party, the Morcha has three other major constituents — the Sadbhawana Party, heade