A dozen of organizations representing the ethnic Tharu community of Nepal have gathered in Ratnanagar of Chitwan district to give a shape to what they call ‘Unified Struggle Committee’ against the demand of Madhesi political parties who have been demanding for the creation of a single Madhesh state in the Tarai plains of Nepal.
Tharu constituent assembly members representing various political parties are also present at the meeting.
According to the Tharu leaders gathered at the meeting, a round table conference will be held in the days ahead to demand multi-states in the Tarai plains instead of creating a single state as is being demanded by the Madhesi parties.
Surprisingly, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bijaya Kumar Gacchedhar who chairs the Madheshi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF-Loktantriak) chaired the inaugural session of the meeting, Friday April 20, 2012.
Is it his grand comeback to where he belongs to? Blood is thicker than water.
Gacchedhar who happens to be a Tharu by birth also supports the agenda for One Madhesh.
During the first session Gacchedhar had to face some tough questions.
“Which side you belong to”, the home minister was asked by a Tharu participant.
“The states must ensure independent identities of Madhesi, Tharu and indigenous communities,” he said providing the hint that he too was against the demand for One Madhesh.
Par excellence dramatist.
“Both Madhesi and Tharu community are equal to me,” claimed Gacchedhar.
Firebrand Tharu leader Laxman Tharu claimed at the meeting, “We will decide in favour of at least three states for the Tarai plains.”
It is also reported that some seventy percent of the participants supported the idea of multi-state in Tarai.
Gachhedar must have been a state of fix, analysts guess.