Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP) parliamentary party leader Mahantha Thakur has asked to not expect of national unity at a time when the people are denied rights.
Thakur said so after the Federal Parliament Secretariat refused to register his separate Constitution amendment bill on Friday. "Don't imagine national unity when the people of a part of the country are angry and are demanding their rights, and you don't listen to that and only tell your things," Thakur said while coming out of the secretariat.
Thakur had reached the secretariat in the afternoon along with RJP leaders Rajendra Mahato, Mahendra Raya Yadav and others to register the Constitution amendment bill as a non-governmental bill.
The bill that Thakur tried to register included issues like language, naturalized citizenship, provincial demarcation and election of National Assembly members.
The Madhes-based parties during the all party meeting called by Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday had urged to include their demands of Constitution amendment in the amendment proposed by the government to change the coat of arms to implement the new map.
"The amendment proposal by the then coalition government of Nepali Congress (NC) and Maoists did not move forward as the then CPN-UML did not support that. We have come to re-register that," Thakur added. "The government's Constitution amendment bill has been registered. We are also party to the Constitution. We have raised our voice. This is also an opportunity to resolve our problems."
Leaders of Socialist Party Nepal, that has announced unification with RJP to form Janata Samajwadi Party, however did not accompany the RJP leaders. "We and you have seen even if we may say there is no problem by mouth," Thakur conceded when asked why Baburam Bhattarai and Upendra Yadav did not come. "They said 'We will support. You go and register.'"
He revealed that the Madhes-based parties during the all-party meeting had urged to resolve the problem of Madhes by addressing them through Constitution amendment and pointed that the people in the plains will be angry if that is not done. "We said the angry people will not go for national unity."
He rued that the government only give assurances to address their demands through dialogue. "But it will be difficult to even hold dialogue in this situation."
He stressed that it will be difficult to even support the government's amendment bill on the issue of coat of arms in accordance to the map brought by the government. "There are disputes at other places as well. It is not just in Kalapani-Limpiyadhura. That will also be raised. Many things of the Sugauli Treaty have not come forward," he said. "The rulers of here have got things for nothing. That thing will be raised. That will also become an issue of contention. We will not let it go."
He, however, did not elaborate what issues of Sugauli Treaty will be raised.