The agitating Tharuhat/Tharuwan Joint Struggle Committee has set conditions before sitting for talks with the government.
In response to the government’s calls for the talks, the Committee has put forth a seven-point condition before sitting for the dialogue table.
It may be noted that the government three days back had invited the parties agitating over the proposed draft on the demarcation of federal set-up, for talks.
Committee-affiliated Tharu leaders Saturday called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and presented a charter of demands which includes the presence of a Special Panel formed under the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee in the meeting and withdrawal of the government decision to depute armies and prohibitory orders in the riot-hit zones.
Receiving the memo, Prime Minister Sushila Koirala said he was positive towards the demands of the Committee, and take up them to the Special Panel and initiate the talks, according to Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (Democratic) General Secretary Ramjanam Chaudhary.
Release of agitators arrested in course of the agitation from different parts of the country and withdrawal of lawsuit filed against them are other conditions set by the Committee.
Meanwhile, Tharu leader Raj Kumar Lekhi said they would sit for talks with the government only after an appropriate atmosphere to that end was ensured. RSS