By Rajesh Singh
NEW DELHI, 19 Feb: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli was greeted with black flag in New Delhi. The Nepalese Prime Minister Oli who arrived in New Delhi on Friday evening for his six-day official visit was greeted with black flag near the airport.
Around three dozen Madhesis, Janajatis and Tharus students gathered at the airport since 4 pm and chanted slogans against PM Oli.
“We are here to protest against Oli, who is anti-Madheshi and anti-Tharu”, said Sanjay Yadav, President of United Madhesis of Nepal, the organizer of the protest program.
CA Pravin Karn, a non-partisan activist said, “I do not belong to any party but I am against the human rights violation in Nepal”. He further clarified that more than 50 people have lost their lives in Madhesh and Oli government is responsible to a great extent for the loss.
Bikash Mishra, a PhD student from India’s premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said that the issues raised during Madhes Andolan are still unfulfilled, Madhesis are still angry and Oli must feel it. Mr. Mishra also said that he wanted Indian government to understand it while dealing with Oli.
Nepal is under chaos since the promulgation of constitution where the demands of Madhesis. Tharus and Janajatis were not addressed. The protest that lasted for an hour ended after PM KP Oli left the airport. According to Sanjay Yadav, the president of United Madhesis of Nepal, he will organize series of such protests in different location of New Delhi till PM KP Oli is in Delhi.
About two dozen members of United Madhesis of Nepal were detained by Delhi Police deployed at Nepali Embassy for showing black flags to Nepali PM Oli. PM Oli had arrived there to participate in an event to mark the Democracy Day. India is acclaimed as the largest democracy in the world. Democracy is touted as a system that respects freedom of speech and expression. Ironically, students were detained by Indian police on the Democracy Day while they exercised their right to peacefully assemble and voice their dissent.