KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The much-hyped unification between Madhesi People´s Rights Forum (MPRF) and Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) is not likely anytime soon, say leaders knowledgeable of recent developments.
Both Madhes-based parties had formed their respective talks team some five months ago to expedite the unification process. “The parties are yet to agree on major issues including, leadership of the unified party,” said a leader on condition of anonymity, adding, “This is not likely anytime soon.”
TMDP Spokesperson Sharvendranath Shukla, who is also a member of the talks team formed by his party, said that they are just waiting for an appropriate time to declare party unification.
"This is not the right time to declare party unification as the country is passing through political crisis,” stated Shukla, adding, “There should either be fresh polls or the launch of a new movement.” Shukla also claimed that there was no problem between the two parties for unification.
However, MPRF leader Ram Sahay Yadav, who is a member of the talks team formed by his party, stated they are yet to reach consensus for unification.
“We had just started to hold discussions on all issues including the name and strength of central committee of the new party but have not reached any conclusion,” he added.
Yadav said that they have not held talks on the issues for the past couple of months as TMDP leaders are busy in the regional convention of the party.
According to sources, MPRF leaders are not ready to share power in the central committee of unified party, saying their party´s position is better than that of TMDP.
Another Madhesi leader claimed that the two parties would soon merge as MPRF Chairman Upendra Yadav and TMDP Chairman Mahantha Thakur are ready to make any sacrifice for the formation of a unified party.