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The seven-party alliance and the Maoists had a good chance this week to address the madhesi grievances fuelling the tarai unrest. And they blew it. On Wednesday, instead of acknowledging genuine grievances and saying sorry to the families of those killed, and despite emotional references to his own mortality, Prime Minister Koirala delivered a lecture: your protests are delaying the constituent assembly election. Let’s talk, but stop the violenceMadhesis compared it to the ‘concession’ speech given by Gyanendra last April when he went only half-way in meeting the demands of pro-democracy forces. The parties kept up the pressure until the king capitulated. Something similar could happen now, and the tarai violence could intensify

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