On a day when customs points along the India-Nepal international border saw renewed tension, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli warned India not to interfere in the internal affairs.
Tensions inflamed by anti-constitution sentiments flared anew on Monday with agitating activists of Madhes-based political parties clashing with the police in Birgunj. An Indian national died in police firing in the Nepal’s border town — the victim was a resident of Raxaul across the border in Bihar. The much awaited charter has evoked strong resentment from the Terai region where the Madhesi political parties have launched a violent protest alleging that their interests have been again ignored.
Oli accused India of “propping up” the Madhes-based political parties to impose blockades at major customs points along the 1751-km border between the two neighbours. “Why is India rallying behind the four Madhes-based parties,” he said, adding that it was Nepal’s responsibility to address the grievances of the various agitating groups. “The constitution is not targeted against any country,” he said, adding that it was promulgated with 96% of the Constituent Assembly members voting in its favour.
Following the death of the Indian national in Birgunj, the Madhesi political parties warned that they will not sit down for talks with the government in Kathmandu. Nepal is reeling under severe and chronic shortage of fuel, essential commodities and medicines due to the border-blockade. Nepal has accused India of imposing an unofficial blockade at the border while New Delhi maintains that transportation of essentials and other goods was hampered by the ongoing violent agitation within land-locked Nepal.
The agitating parties in a statement said talks with the government were unlikely to make any headway in the new emerging context.