“No Dialogue With Koirala, A Dummy”

Leader of Sadbhavana Party Rajendra Mahato spoke to New Spotlight on various issues.

Aug. 28, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 09, No. -5, August 28 2015 (Bhadra 11, 2072)

CPN-UML leaders are accusing some of you as responsible for provoking Tharus in Kailali. How do you look at this?

We are calling for a peaceful movement. However, it is the government which is coming with all the violent means and state police. Unlike CPN-UML, which started its politics from beheading the people, our party is Gandhian.

How will the present agitation end?

If leaders of the three parties are really honest and sincere to the cause, they should suspend the whole constitution process. If they suspend the process, we will also suspend our agitation.

When will you come to negotiations?

There is no question to come to negotiations with the four-party leaders in the present circumstances. They have killed our people in Madhesh and imposed a military rule. They have declared a war against Madheshis, Tharus, Janjatis, Dalits and all other marginalized communities.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has been asking you to come to dialogue. What is wrong with a dialogue?

We have already sat in a dialogue with late Girija Prasad Koirala. We don’t want to sit with him. He is no more than a dummy.

Since the political parties have agreed to promulgate the new constitution with borders and provinces, what is wrong if you accept this?

We want federalism on the basis of identity. We want one state for Madheshis and Tharus in terai plains, which is our historical place. There is the need to amend the discriminatory provision on citizenship and full proportional representation in all the state institutions.

If the three party leaders promulgate the new constitution, what will be your reaction?

There was the constitution  of 1990. We will not accept the constitution and through the agitation we will make the current political leaders bow.

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