Kathmandu: Madhesi parties will not join Nepal's new government under Prime Minister Prachanda and will extend support from outside, a top Madhesi leader said on Wednesday while asserting that they would consider joining only after their demands are met through constitutional amendments.
The three forces, CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and the United Democratic Madhesi Front agreed that the new government would table a Constitutional amendment bill in the Parliament on the basis of political consensus to address the demands of the Madhesi parties over the country's new Constitution, said Manish Suman, general secretary of Sadbhawana Party. The Sadbhawana Party is a key Madhesi party.
The three sides engaged in two days-long marathon meeting before inking the three-point deal on Wednesday that ensured Madhesi Front's support to the 61-year-old CPN-Maoist Centre president's premiership candidacy.
They have also agreed to form a probe committee led by a former justice of the Supreme Court that would look into the incidents of violence that took place during last year's Madhesi agitation led by the Front, Suman said.
Those killed in the protests would be declared martyrs by the government and the kins of victims would be provided with financial assistance. The government would also provide free treatment to those injured during the protests, he said.
The cadres of the agitating Madhesi and ethnic groups, who got arrested during the protests, would be released and cases filed against them would be withdrawn, as per the agreement.
The third point of agreement stated that the Madhesis, whose combined strength is 42 in the 595-member Parliament, would vote in favour of Prachanda in the Premier's election.
The Madhesi parties said they would support the new government from outside and would not join the ministry immediately.
"We will consider the idea of whether to join the government only after our demands are actually met through constitutional amendments," said Suman.