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Kathmandu, Feb 5: Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato on Friday stressed on the need to make all transit routes operational and not only create obstructions at Birgunj point to help in controlling the thriving smuggling and black market trading.

Mahato had led the agitation in Birgunj for the past five months. Mahato said it was important that all transit routes were operational for ending smuggling and black marketeering.

“The people have suffered much due to the current form of agitation,” Mahato said adding, “If not all transit routes are closed then the Birgunj point should also open for which I will put forth a proposal in the next meeting of the United Madhesi Democratic Front (UDMF).”

He said the five-month long agitation has fallen short of exerting adequate pressure on Kathmandu and that it needs to be changed.

Mahato added that a change in the form of agitation was also needed in view of the country’s deteriorating economic scenario. The Front meeting is likely to take place on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the UDMF constituent – Federal Socialist Forum Nepal co-Chair Rajendra Shrestha said he was unaware of any information related to lifting the border blockade. “It is only a rumour that Front will lift obstructions at Birgunj point; we have not held any decision in this regard,” Shrestha said, adding “The point will not open up because there are rumours in media.”

Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawna Party senior leader Ramnaresh Raya said the Front leaders would take a substantive decision after coming to Kathmandu and holding a meeting.

With the Mahato’s remarks, the five month long restrictions at the Birgunj point have also eased. All the UDMF associated leaders have arrived in the capital city while Mahato is expected to arrive in the evening.

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