Defense Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari’s anti national statement made on September 26, 2011 in the Reporters’ Club has shocked all patriotic people of Nepal. His sudden and un-called for statement threatening to split 22 districts of Terai from Nepal has stunned and enraged all patriotic people. Has this disgraceful statement come as a rehearsal under the grand design of Sikkimization of entire Nepal and in particular annexing Terai into India? Is this the concretized expression of the ambiguous provision of the four-point agreement which states ‘proposed issues for agreement’ with friendly countries? This has stirred serious agitation in all sectors. We, therefore, make following appeal to the government and all people:
- Position of government be made clear.
- Defense Minister be immediately dismissed.
- The rights of the Madhesi people including federalism, autonomy and right to self-determination be guaranteed
- The anti-national statement be condemned nation wide