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Nepal: CK Raut joins mainstream politics averting conflict?

Raut-led Alliance for Independent Madhes has been running a campaign for an independent state for the historically marginalised people from the southern region, also known as Terai, bordering India. The government offered him to surrender at once, he needs to support the sovereignty and integrity of the country," Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Upendra Yadav told Al Jazeera. One of the main agendas for Madhesi parties has been the amendment of the constitution passed in 2015 as part of Nepal's democratic transition following the end of the decade-long civil war in 2006. "Constitution amendment in Madhes is a genuine call. But Vijay Kant Karna, a political science professor at Tribhuvan University in the capital, Kathmandu, says "the agreement between Raut and the government has nothing to do with the issue of Madhes or Madhesis". "Madhesi parties refused to accept the constitution and protested against [it]. The people of Madhes have raised these issues since many years through several phases of movement. Some opposition parties have condemned the deal calling it "anti-national". "He would try to establish a party in Madhes to vouch for the rights of Madhes. However, this agreement between him and the government is not going to benefit Madhes.