On Sunday, April 29, 2012, an interesting event took place at the personal residence of former prime minister and Chairman of United Marxist Leninist Party Jhal Nath Khanal.
Representatives of some Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakuri, Dasnami, Dalit and other organizations representing the marginalized groups had jointly arrived at Khanal’s posh “proletarian” residence to submit a memorandum making demands against the creation of federal states on ethnic grounds.
The organizations have formed a Struggle Committee for what they call ‘preservation of national integrity and communal harmony’.
Some 90 plus representatives of the struggle committee had arrived at Khanal residence at around 06:00 PM, it is reported. The meeting with Khanal had already been fixed.
However, according to reports, after making them wait for over an hour, Khanal declined to meet the representatives. Thus the situation turned nasty.
By then Khanal had not imagined that they had come to “fix” him.
Upon being pressurized by the representatives, Khanal appeared in scene but made it clear that he has no intention to listen to their demands. He was not then in his Black London Suit.
The representatives turned angry and told Khanal point blank, “We have listened to your talks for long now you must listen to our grievances.”
Khanal once again declined to listen.
“In the past Brahmin and Chhetri were well protected by the state. In order to mainstream some marginalized communities, we are trying to name the states as per their origin”, claimed Khanal and added, “I do not think that you should express grief only because states are being named after them.”
“If you create states on ethnic grounds, we will take to the streets”, the representatives threatened.
Khanal got angry and replied, “The government will resort to power if you take to the streets. You will be taken to task. Now you are talking freely because we struggled for freedom of expression.”
Some representatives who also got enraged began pelting stones directing Khanal’s residence.
“Jatiya Rajya Chahidaina Desh Tukrauna Paindaina”, they began chanting the slogans. Chanting continued for over an hour.
In order to take the situation under control three vans full of police personnel had to be deployed.
Unfortunately, Sunsari’s Devi Prasad Regmi was missing. Or else he would have once again created another picturesque scene.