6 Madhes-based parties unite to form Rastriya Janata Party

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Mahantha Thakur to head the united party

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Six Madhes-based parties--Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic--have unified to form Rastriya Janata Party Thursday afternoon.

The united party will have a tri-color flag with red depicting revolution, white peace and green prosperity, the party's leaders confirmed. The party has opted for a leadership council and erstwhile leader of Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party Mahantha Thakur will lead the council now. The party has decided to choose umbrella as the election symbol.

A marathon meeting of the leaders that started at eight Wednesday night and continued till three Thursday morning had chosen the name Rastriya Janata Party devoid of the term Madhes, their base.

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