Nepal: UDMF tries to save monarchy

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Kathmandu, Feb 27: A senior minister from Terai has said the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) is trying to prolong monarchy in the country. "Some Madhesi leaders were hatching a conspiracy in demanding to defer the Constituent Assembly (CA) poll be defered by one month to save monarchy," Kantipur quoted minister for forest and soil conservation Matrika Yadav as saying.

Mr Yadav, who strongly advocates for the greater rights of people of Terai, represents Maoists in the cabinet. ''The demand is nothing but a conspiracy to save the feudal monarchy,'' he said. The Madhesi parties proposed to postpone the election after the government agreed to fulfill all their demands. ''There would be no elections at all if it is not held in the stipulated date,'' he said. Mr Yadav expressed confidence that the poll would be held on the stipulated date even if some leaders choose to boycott it, local media reported today. ''Entire Madhesi people are in favor of participating in the poll,'' he added.

Madhesi leader Ram Raja Prasad Singh said the CA poll should be held on the stipulated date despite the violence that has surfaced in some tarai districts. ''Minor incidents of violence are common everywhere on the eve of elections,'' he added. However Mr Singh said it is necessary on the part of the rulers to have what he called 'greatness' in them to draft a new constitution that could last for centuries.

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