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The missed bus? If RJP-N boycotts the third phase of local polls, it risks further alienating its constituents, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 23/07/2017), Province 2 to see little dev activities this year: Local level election is precondition to utilising funds allocated for capital expenditure, by Aman Koirala (kp 23/07/2017) [Thanks to RJPN!]

‘No statute amendment before polls’ (ht 22/07/2017)

RJPN calls CC meet to resolve disputes (rep 21/07/2017), RJP-N to hold first central body meeting from Aug 5 (kp 22/07/2017)

Dispute in RJP-N Morang (ht 19/07/2017)

Third time unlucky: There is a chance most Madhesi parties will go out of business, which could help Madhesi public unite behind a common cause, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 18/07/2018)

RJP-Nepal not in favour of naturalised citizens holding top posts: Thakur (ht 17/07/2017)

Governing alliance in bid to address RJP-N’s other demands (kp 16/07/2017), RJP’s Demand For Multi-nation State: A Recipe For Territorial Disintegration, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 16/07/2017), RJP-N to discuss next move in CC or CWC (ht 16/07/2017)

Ruling alliance rules out statute revision: Makes it clear to RJP-Nepal leaders that it lacks required numbers (kp 12/07/2017), Bill unlikely to be passed ‘any time soon’ (ht), CPN-UML refuses to budge from its stance on statute (ht 12/07/2017), RJP-Nepal in a fix after statute revision ruled out:Party mulling various options: Leaders (kp 13/07/2017)

Election fervor returns as RJPN mulling to register party, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 07/07/2017), RJP-N applies at EC for party registration: Governing parties seek one week to make efforts to address concerns (kp 08/07/2017)

RJPN candidate wins elections, by Kiran Man Bajracharya (rep 06/07/2017)

Dissatisfaction brewing in RJP-Nepal? Tripathi threatens to quit party (kp 04/07/2017) [Refusing to ask for the people's mandate leaves this party as an unimportant lot without democratic legitimisation!], RJPN in confusion over next step: RJPN fielded candidacies in more than 20 local units including in Rupendehi and Kapilvastu but has not won even a single seat until fourth day of the vote count on Monday (rep 04/07/2017), East-West power tussle grips RJPN after poll debacle (rep 05/07/2017), Dwindling Influence Of RJP-N, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 06/07/2017), Rift in RJP-N on contents of party statute: Plan to register with EC deferred, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/07/2017)

Gachchhadar, Yadav maintain influence in their regions, by Amar Khadka (rep 04/07/2017)

RJP-N says won’t resort to violence (kp 28/06/2017), RJPN in confusion over next step: RJPN fielded candidacies in more than 20 local units including in Rupendehi and Kapilvastu but has not won even a single seat until fourth day of the vote count on Monday (rep 04/07/2017)

In a fix: RJP-N’s ambivalence over second phase of local polls shows deeply divided Madhesi constituency (kp 26/06/2017), Why RJP So Lethargic?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 26/06/2017)

Cheated and silenced, the voters in the Terai will go to the polls with a heavy heart, by Anurag Acharya (The Record 25/06/2017)

RJP-Nepal will withdraw support to govt: Tripathi; Govt charged with stoking the conflict by deploying the Army in the plains on the pretext of polls (kp 24/06/2017)

Identity politics peters out in eastern hills, by Durga Dulal and Bhim Chapagain (rep 24/06/2017))

Moderating with moderates, by Chandra Kishor (nt 23/06/2017)

Immature Step Of RJP, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 21/06/2017)

Ongoing election meaningless, say RJP-Nepal leaders (kp 20/06/2017), Supreme Court summons RJP-N and govt for discussions on Thursday (ht 20/06/2017)

Who is lying? Democracy and federalism can be sustained only in an environment of political trust and transparency; If the govt often feels betrayed by the RJP-N, or the RJP-N finds that the govt ‘misleads’ the public, why can’t they agree to negotiate issues of public importance in the presence of the media, the civil society or the public in general?, by Achyut Wagle (kp 19/06/2017), Doubtful deferral: It would be wrong to blame only the RJPN for Province 2 delay. Congress is as responsible, by David Kainee (rep 19/06/2017), ‘Phase III poll as suggested by agitating forces’ (ht) [Did they really suggest it in this way?], No Shift In Position Fuelling The Fire, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 19/06/2017), Polls ‘undemocratic’, say RJP-N leaders, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 19/06/2017)

5 RJP-N activists injured in Parasi police firing, by Narayan Sharma (kp 18/06/2017), Three RJP-N cadres injured in police firing in Nawalparasi (ht 18/06/2017), Mahato demands polls across Tarai in single phase (ht 18/06/2017), Deuba meets RJP-N leader (kp 18/06/2017)

Madhes forces in poll race (kp 18/06/2017)

RJP-N’s tough stance stokes political crisis, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/06/2017) [Why do you not write: CPN-UML's tough stance on necessary constitutional changes stokes polical crisis? The RJP-N's bad and in the same way undemocratic behaviour is only a reaction!], RJP-N says protests on (kp 17/06/2017), Dispute in RJPN over continuing with protests: Decides to press on with protests amid disgruntlement (rep 17/06/2017), FA to keep protesting against local level polls: FA will hold baton rallies in Madhes and Tharuhat on Saturday and impose general strike in Madhes on Sunday, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/06/2017), Holding Local Polls Still A Challenge, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 17/06/2017), India ‘firm’ on inclusive constitution in Nepal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/06/2017)

RJP In Existential Crisis, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 16/06/2017)

RJP-N ups ante, says it will disrupt polls: Announces protests after negotiations with ruling parties break down, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/06/2017), RJP-N cadres protest against Upendra Yadav, by Aman Koirala (kp 12/06/2017), RJP-N supporters disrupt CPN-UML programme (kp 12/06/2017), Deuba committing blunder, says Mahato (ht 12/06/2017), Tight security for FSF-N programme (ht 12/06/2017), Agitators stick to amendment demand (rep 12/06/2017)), Federal Alliance announces protests to disrupt polls, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 12/06/2017), Running away from polls is cowardice: Yadav, by Santosh Singh (rep 12/06/2017), Madheshi Leaders For Protests, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 12/06/2017), RJP-N general strike affects life in various Tarai districts (kp 14/06/2017), RJP’s Tantrums May Backfire, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 14/06/2017) [The party will fall into oblivon if it does not take part in the elections since it will have nothing to say on the local level for the next five years!], Yadav: Protests will rob Madhesis of right to vote (kp 14/06/2017), RJP-N forms committee (kp 14/06/2017)

Family, ethnic ties decisive in tarai polls, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 12/06/2017)

Gachhadar suggests 3rd phase vote in Province 2 (kp 12/05/2017)

Ruling alliance rejects RJP-N’s poll delay call, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/06/2017), 3-party talks on poll participation fail yet again: Deuba requests RJPN leaders to take part in polls; RJPN says participation impossible until demands are met;NC rejects proposal to defer polls yet again , by Roshan Sedhai (rep 11/06/2017), RJP-N says it won’t participate in polls till key demands met: The party wants constitution amendment bill passed and more local levels in Madhes, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/06/2017)

Sarita Giri joins forces with Upendra Yadav (kp 10/06/2017)

RPP, SSF-N back Deuba’s bid: RJP-Nepal likely to extend support after possible deal on its demands; SSF-N Chair Yadav says his party has decided to vote forDeuba after being assured of constitution amendment (kp (05/06/2017), RJP-N secretly preparing for upcoming civic polls (ht 05/06/2017), RJP-N ‘ready’ for polls with one of six vote symbols: Election officials say the demanded symbol - umbrella - cannot be given to the united party as ballot papers have already been printed and delivered to the districts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2017), Rift surfaces in RJP-N over registration for polls (ht 06/06/2017), RJP-Nepal, FSF-N back NC president (ht 07/06/2017), RJPN may take part in polls (rep 07/06/2017), RJP-Nepal leaders, cadres quit party (ht 07/06/2017)

RJP-N viewed as strong contender in the plains, by Aman Koirala (kp 02/06/2017)

RJP-Nepal reschedules its protests (kp 01/06/2017), SSF-N Chair Yadav lashes out at RJP-N (kp 01/06/2017), Election code should be suspended for some time, interview with Manish Suman, general secretary of RJPN (rep 01/06/2017)

RJP-N welcomes govt decision to defer polls: Announced protest programme to continue until demands addressed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/05/2017), Madhesi parties preparing for polls, RJPN still undecided, by Chhatra Karki and Ajit Tiwari (rep 30/05/2017), More needs to be done: RJPN leaders (rep 30/05/2017), RJP-N fallen between two stools? Differences within the party stalling decision on its participation in local elections: Some leaders within the RJP-N are for finding ‘a political way out’ and going to polls while others say participating in the polls without government addressing their demands would mean losing face with the constituencies, by Anil Giri (kp 31/05/2017), RJP-N stages sit-in at poll office: 32 cadres of the party held; protest to continue till they are released (ht 31/05/2017), Indian envoy advises RJPN to go to polls (rep 31/05/2017)

Gathabandhan ups the ante: Announces protests aimed at foiling June 14 election; The RJP-N says it will not participate in polls as the government has failed to address its demands and implement past deals, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/05/2017), RJPN announces to disrupt polls, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 27/05/2017), RJP-N protest dampens poll spirit in Banke (kp 28/05/2017), , Show flexibility: RJPN should now realize that constitutional amendment and increasing number of local levels at this stage are impossible (ht) [This sounds reasonable though the question remains why the media never demanded the same from the stubborn CPN-UML!], We hope the govt will show sincerity in bringing us on board the elections, interview with Rajendra Mahato, RJP-N (kp 29/05/2017)

Madhes-centric parties welcome govt decision to increase local units (kp 26/05/2017)

RJP-N still in dilemma over joining local polls: Announcement of a fresh round of protest likely today, says a leader, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/05/2017), Party’s Saptari chapter for election boycott (kp 25/05/2017), Parties in Banke ready for polls, save RJP-N (kp 26/05/2017)

Sense and sentiments: When intelligentsia, political class and public intellectuals fail to take clear stands, the whole debate flies into abstractions, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 24/05/2017)

FA postpones protests (ht 23/05/2017)

Will participate in all three tiers of polls (kp 22/05/2017), Madhesi parties in bid for poll alliance (rep 22/05/2017)

EC rejects PM's request to increase local units: The election body has also refused to give umbrella as the election symbol to the newly-formed Rastriya Janata Party Nepal as demanded by its leaders (rep 22/05/2017)

Seven-party talks on for peaceful polls: Madhesi leaders threaten to boycott elections if amendment bill not passed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/05/2017)

RJP-N for postponing elections: The govt, however, is set to end House session today (kp 18/05/2017), NC rejects RJP request to delay 2nd phase polls, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 18/05/2017)

Constitution amendment: RJPN tells PM, Deuba to ensure passage of bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/05/2017)

Kin of Maleth clash victims get Rs 1m each (kp 18/05/2017) [And what of punishing the guilty persons?? This is continued politics of impunity!!]

Yadav demands amendment before second phase polls (kp 17/05/2017), Amendment must as per deal: Upendra Yadav (rep 17/05/2017)

Protest rally against NC, CPN-MC (ht 13/05/2017)

Upendra Yadav defends decision to take part in local level elections (ht 13/05/2017), Local polls will safeguard achievements: Upendra Yadav (rep 13/05/2017)

RJP-N to disrupt polls if statute not amended (kp 12/05/2017)

Gathabandhan to hold talks with PM today: Alliance of Madhesi and Janajati forces considering protest to press government for statute amendment (kp 09/05/2017), FA to remind PM about gentlemen’s agreement (ht 09/05/2017), Gathabandhan announces stir plan: PM says amendment proposal will be forwarded in the upcoming meeting of Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/05/2017) [Don't take the people for a fool! With your attack against the independence of judiciary you have lost any chance to find the necessary majority for an amenment, Mr Dahal!], Govt not honoring 'gentlemen's agreement': Madhesi parties (rep 10/05/2017), Federal Alliance unveils 'peaceful' protests ahead of polls (rep 10/05/2017)

Gachhadar joins govt with 2 other party colleagues: Three state ministers from NLF to be sworn in today (kp 09/05/2017)

Thakur-led Gathabandhan to serve ultimatum to PM (kp 08/05/2017), Thakur’s statement personal: Yadav (kp 08/05/2017)

Gathabandhan shows its architect the door: Removes Upendra Yadav; Mahantha Thakur takes over, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/05/2017)

RJPN leaders meet Prez (kp 06/05/2017)

Formation of RJP-N formally endorsed: To join polls only after statute amendment (kp 03/05/2017)

Gachchhadar's NLP declines Dahal offer to join govt: Decides to continue support to govt (rep 03/05/2017)

FSFN to contest polls; RJP to await amendment (rep 02/05/2017)

Too little, too late: While Madhesi people have faced bullets benefits have accrued mostly to a handful of Madhesi leaders, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 02/05/2017)

Oppn, Madhes parties want local polls in single phase (rep 29/04/2017), FSFN demands elections in single phase: 'Budget only after constitution amendment, elections' (rep 29/04/2017)

Who represents the Madhes? Parties that speak and work with people rather than for them can eventually win their hearts and minds, by Pramod Mishra (kp 27/04/2017)

Unified Madhesis To Join Poll Fray, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 26/04/2017), RJP-N misses time to enlist for Phase I vote: New party only informs poll body about the merger of six Madhes-based parties to become RJP-N and demands ‘umbrella’ as its election symbol, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/04/2017)

Under opposition pressure govt shelves plan to increase local units, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 27/04/2017), House resumes as govt backs out: Lawmakers allowed registering amendments to the constitution amendment bill (rep 27/04/2017)

Naya Shakti to go to polls with SSFN’s symbol (kp 26/04/2017)

Gathabandhan to take part in two-phase local elections: Govt agrees to fast-track endorsement of a revised constitution amendment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/04/2017), Gathabandhan rolls back agitation plan: To begin preparations for local polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/04/2017)

Hectic parleys raise hope of agreement: Panel formed to prepare revised constitution amendment proposal; Deal, most likely today, could clear clouds of uncertainty over polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/04/2017), Morcha disrupts EC training: Protesters warn of disrupting every programme related to the local level elections (kp 22/04/2017)

Six Madhes-based parties under one umbrella: Rastriya Janata Party ‘to step up protest’ to press for statute revision; Leaders rule out possibility of participating in polls slated for May 14 (kp 21/04/2017), Six UDMF constituents merge: Form Rastriya Janata Party; FSF-N not to be a part of the new entity (ht 21/04/2017), Six Madhes parties unify as polls loom closer, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 21/04/2017), Coming together: A day after five major parties agreed to go for local elections on 14 May with or without Madhes-based parties, six fringe parties from the Tarai announced unification, by Om Astha Rai (nt 21/04/2017)

UDMF struggles to resist poll aspirants despite boycott stance, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 21/04/2017)

SLMM activists clash with police in Gaur (kp 21/04/2017)

SLMM stages torch rally (kp 19/04/2017)

Joint stir announced in Kailali (ht 19/05/2017)

Lekhi’s party merges with Sadbhawana (kp 19/04/2017)

Gathabandhan move leaves locals in Madhes wary, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 18/04/2017), Morcha’s protests challenge for polls: Security officials, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 18/04/2017), BRB to join forces with Yadav for joint movement (kp 18/04/2017)

Gathabandhan shares plan to foil local polls: Local vote should be held after federal and provincial elections: Yadav (kp 17/04/2017), Fresh amendments only if Morcha agrees: Nayak, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/04/2017), What do Madhesi parties want?, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 17/04/2017)

FA to announce protest programmes today (ht 16/05/2017)

68-party front begins hunger strike for election symbols (kp 16/04/2017)

UDMF leaders discuss protest strategies (ht 15/04/2017), UDMF ready for another round of talks 'if govt is sincere' (rep 15/04/2017)

Madhesis seek changes in charter (ht 14/04/2017)

Ominous tides: Local elections, if held without bringing the Morcha on board, will be another way of entrenching Kathmandu’s power, by Pramod Mishra (kp 13/04/2017), Constitution amendment process back to square one: Govt bid to bring Madhesi parties on board the election uncertain, by Ashok Dahal (rep 13/04/2017), Govt move cuts no ice, Morcha ‘to turn up heat’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/04/2017), UDMF rejects new amendment bill, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 13/04/2017)

New amendment bill draws mixed reaction from Madhes-based parties; UML vows to foil it (rep 12/04/2017)

Zero hour: Without any delay, parties must pass amendment bill and the Madhesi parties must commit to polls (kp 10/04/2017), Morcha’s views sought on fresh amendment proposal: Oppn CPN-UML yet to be consulted, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/04/2017)

Statute amendment: PM says new proposal will be acceptable to all; Morcha leaders ‘eagerly waiting’ to see how government moves forward, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/04/2017)

Officials raise red flag for some Tarai districts: Say it will be difficult to hold elections if Morcha not brought on board (kp 08/04/2017), NC for putting amendment bill to vote: Open to holding polls in two phases if UDMF takes part (ht 08/04/2017)

Talks with Madhes parties on back burner as NC-Maoist ties sour, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 06/04/2017), Saptari locals, police wish for govt-UDMF deal, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 06/04/2017)

Over dozen leaders, cadres quit NMSP (ht 05/04/2017)

MJF-D, RJP decide to unify (ht 05/04/2017) [new name will be Nepal Loktantrik Forum and MJF-D Chairman Gachhadar will lead it], Threshold provision triggers merger of fringe parties: MJF-L, Rastriya Janamukti Party, Dalit Janajati Party become Nepal Loktantrik Forum Party, by Binod Ghimire and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/04/2017), Two fringe parties merge with MPRF-D: New party named Nepal Democratic Forum (rep 06/04/2017)

Limbuwan party for leveraging election to strengthen its base, by Arjun B. Rajbanshi (kp 03/04/2017)

Bid to form unified Madhesi party (ht 03/04/2017)

Three central leaders, 17 others quit Sadbhawana Party (ht 31/03/2017)

Madhes protests cost Saptari 11 lives in 19 months: Residents, leaders and activist call for peaceful protests, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 30/03/2017)

Madhesi Parties: A Force To Reckon With, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 30/03/2017)

Sadbhawana cadres, leaders quit (ht 30/03/2017)

Gachchhadar's party 'might' join NC (rep 20/03/2017) [???]

Did Terai People Need To Punish Madheshi Leaders?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 15/03/2017)

Madhesh is wasting: If all Madheshi leaders come under a single electoral umbrella, it would give the fight for Madheshi rights new boost and legitimacy, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 09/03/2017)

UML Campaign And Reactive Madhesi Front, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 05/03/2017)

CK Raut’s supporters held (kp 19/02/2017), Marchawar tense as CK Raut’s supporters clash with police, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 20/02/2017), It’s secession, stupid: Madheshi Morcha leaders echo CK Raut on several fronts, with only slight variances in their tone and phraseology, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 20/02/2017) [By the way, what about the social secession that is forced by Kamal Thapa and his RPP? Both the policies of Raut and Thapa are disintegrating and unconstitutional, only that Raut is imprisoned and Thapa is celebrated by mainstream Tagadhari politicians!], Life returns to normal in Rupandehi’s Marchawar (kp 21/02/2017)

Tharu parties aim for unification, by Madan Chaudhary (rep 18/02/2017)

Local level restructuring: A few tweaks to report is what Morcha seeks; Calls for adding 100 units in Tarai to make recommendations acceptable, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/02/2017)

Ten Years On, Madhes Still In Unrest, by Amarendra Yadav (rn 11/02/2017)

MLP holds merger talks with like-minded Madhesi parties (kp 07/02/2017)

Morcha denies meetings with secessionist forces (kp 05/02/2017)

‘Free Madhes’ campaigner CK Raut arrested (kp 03/02/2017)

Politics In Terai: Fighting Fallacies And False Consciousness, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 29/01/2017) [?? In defence of non-inclusive male Tagadhari politics!]

10 years of Madhes movement: Crucial gains, Madhesi leaders ask for more, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 17/01/2017), Ten years after: The Madhes movement has helped to make Madhesis more confident and assertive, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 18/01/2017), Nine years on, Madhes movement has lost what it gained, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 18/01/2017) [wants to say: ten years on]

Rotary of revolutions: Rudderless due to unawakened masses, Tarai-Madhesh remains almost leaderless even after a decade of the first major upheaval, by CK Lal (rep 16/01/2017)

Better luck next year: Madhesis will remember 2016 for the endless  political dialogue that yielded little, by Dipendra Jha (kp 03/01/2017)

Southern blues: Kathmandu should be cautious about how splinter ideology is spreading in Tarai due to its continuing negligence of the region, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 30/12/2016)

CK Raut held with 33 supporters: Deputy Superintendent of Police Manoj Yadav says they will be released after detailed investigation (kp 26/11/2016)

PM hits snag with Madhesi leaders in amendment bid: Talks on Wednesday inconclusive, FSFN clear on no support, others to discuss after bill is in Parliament (rep 24/11/2016), Majority of Morcha leaders agree to draft proposal, but tepidly: Say they will extend support to it despite having some reservations; Remain non-committal about taking part in polls once it is tabled, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 24/11/2016), Tharu council warns against Province 5 split, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 24/11/2016)

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