The unexpectedly rousing speeches in Parliament by Madhesi leaders Rajendra Mahato and Upendra Yadav added to the sense of symbolic national unity.
“We may have our political differences, but let no one doubt our patriotism and nationalism,” said Upendra Yadav of the Social Party. “Those who have sold out the country and instead insult people from the Madhes should apologise to all Nepalis.”
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The remark bridged the mountain-plains divide within Nepal, with leaders of the Madhes coming out even stronger on issues like national unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty than other politicians from the big two political parties.
“Today, the Tarai, Pahad and Himal are one in demanding our territory back. We do not just want our map, we want our land back,” said Rajendra Mahato of the Janata Samajbadi Party, to table thumping. “No one has a monopoly on nationalism. Those who gave away Kalapani when they signed the Mahakali Treaty should be hanged in Tundikhel.”