Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) to bargain with Nepali Congress and CPN-UML over formation of new government



Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) leader JP Gupta made it clear on Tuesday that his party would support Nepali Congress and CPN-UML in forming a new government if they commit to address Madhesi agendas beforehand.


MJF as the fourth largest party elected to the Constituent Assembly stands once again as a crucial force in determining the fabric of the soon-to-be formed coalition government.


Gupta said that this time around MJF would talk tough with the two parties -- or any other coalition willing to lead the next government -- if they approached for any support to ensure that his party would not be betrayed once again.


He said that MJF would stand firm on its agendas, including the implementation of the past agreement signed between the government and the United Mashesi Front, security issues in the southern belt, federal restructuring of the state, and amendment to the ordinance on reservation.


"The way the parties address our agendas determines the nature of our support," said Gupta speaking at the Reporters' Club. He also doubted that Nepali Congress and UML had any forward looking vision about the state restructuring. "We have a bitter history of betrayal with the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML."


MJF -- which was conspicuously absent on Tuesday's all-party meeting called by UML -- was soon going to discus separately with the UML and NC regarding formation of the new government, according to Gupta.

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