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Kathmandu, 30 Jan.- Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP) Chairman Mahantha Thakur on Saturday said the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) would revise the ongoing agitations at Nepal-India border and bring new protest programmes.

At an interaction held by the Reporters’ Club at TMLP Office at Bijuli Bazaar of the capital city, Thakur confided that the constitution amendment had partially addressed the demands stoking the agitation ongoing in Tarai-Madhes.

“The address has not been in line with the demands; the Front’s meeting will take decision on blockade,” Thakur said, adding, “the form of agitation may change.”

He said the agitation launched by the Front was not intended to inflict sufferings on a certain community or area and that it was meant for achieving people’s rights as citizens. He added that the continuity of the agitation would depend on the government.

Arguing that the government piled pressure on the agitators by amending the constitution, Chairman Thakur spoke of the pressure on them from the people’s side and insisted on the absence of an environment to end the agitation.

He asserted that agitators never backed off from negotiations. “We have held talks for 25 to 26 times and what has been the result?” Thakur questioned.

Thakur further chided the government and major political parties of doing what they felt like doing when the agitators were not even participating in the amendment process. He added that the agitation would not come to a halt as the demand for autonomy had not been addressed.

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