Political crisis deepens in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Dec 11: The political crisis in Nepal deepened further after senior leaders of the major political parties representing the Terai region left their respective parties and announced they would form a regional party of the Madhesis.

Minister for Science, Technology and Environment and senior Nepali Congress leader Mahantha Thakur and three other MPs resigned from their respective posts and the interim parliament, saying the move was necessary to bring the Madhesi ''revolt to a logical conclusion.'' Five other Madhesi leaders associated with various parties also quit from the central committee, mahasamiti and general membership of their respective parties.

There are currently 73 Madhesi MPs in the interim parliament.

MPs of the NSP (Anandi Devi) Hridayesh Tripathi, Mahendra Prasad Yadav of the CPN-UML and Ram Chandra Raya of the RPP also tendered their resignations as MPs to the Speaker.

Other leaders quitting their respective parties include Sarbendra Nath Sukla of the RJP, Anish Ansari, Ram Chandra Kushbaha and Brishesh Chandra Lal of the Nepali Congress and Shri Krishna Yadav, chairman of the Madhesi Rastriya Manch, which is affiliated to the UML.

''Inaction and reluctance of the interim government has devalued the sacrifices made by 42 brave Madhesi martyrs,'' they said in a statement.

Thakur said the desire of the Madhesi people is to have their own ''legislative body, government and judiciary.'' ''We want to resolve the situation of internal colonialism through dialogue with the state.'' We are not seeking a separate state, but an ''equal share in the governance, judiciary, parliament and the administration,'' he said.

The decision of the Madhesi leaders has come following the Maoists' decision to unite with the royalists in the name of ''nationalism.''

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