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10 days on, Far West still closed

KANCHANPUR: The struggle for undivided far-western region has drawn support and protest from different quarters. The Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (Democratic) –a main ally of the United Democratic Madhesi Forum (UDMF) – has supported the agitation demanding integrated far-western.

The Forum, which has been sticking to its demand of one Madhes province, took part in the Saturday demonstration by political parties to a great surprise to all.

In this line, Forum (Democratic) leader Madan Raj Bhatta said his party also longed for the integrated far-west while adding that ethnicity-based federalism would not be acceptable to them.

It is not right move to delineate states on ethnic line so that Forum stands in favor of the integrated far-west, he said, expressing commitment to support the struggle.

Nepali Congress including other allies taking part in the struggle have reasoned that integrating the Terai districts of Seti zone including Kailali and Kanchanpur into upper hill will help maintain economic, social, cultural and political balance.

Despite party’s strong voice for the establishment of caste-based provinces, high-level leaders of the UCPN (Maoist) are also supporting this proposition.

However, the Tharu community leaders have argued that the Kailalia and Kanchanpur should be included in Tharuwan province citing high population of Tharu community people there.

They are sticking to a point that the districts , Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur should in no way be disintegrated.

The UCPN (Maoist)-floated idea of including Kailali and Kanchanpur in the Tharuwan province as per their proposal of federating country into 10 provinces has sparked protest in the far-west region.

To the contrary, NC has incorporated the two districts in undivided far-western in its proposal of state-restructuring. Congress has claimed that the proposal of carving out provinces has been made based on identity and capability.

Locals voice their concern that the government has also not made any effort to address general strike and shutdown enforced in the region.

Meanwhile, youths and students associated to different political parties have decided to intensify joint struggle raising the voice for undivided far-west.

They came up with this decision after forming All-party Youths and Students Struggle Committee.

The student unions and organizations including Youth Association, Tarun Dal, Progressive Youth Association, ANNFSU, Nepal Students’ Union and ANNFSU (Fifth) expressed solidarity for the struggle by announcing joint programme.

Meanwhile, the Rastriya Janamorcha Party has announced to not join the struggle announced by the parties for the undivided far-west.

Issuing a press release, Janamorcha said they would not be the part of this agitation accusing the parties of attempting to sideline Janamorcha in the agitation.

Likewise, National Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) has called on all to maintain mutual harmony concerning the issue of federal restructuring of the far-west.

The NEFIN has made it clear that they do not intend to escalate conflict among the interest groups in the name of federal state. RSS

 

 

 

Far West remains closed for tenth day

 

KANCHANPUR: The struggle for undivided far-western region has drawn support and protest from different quarters.

 

            The Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (Democratic) –a main ally of the United Democratic Madhesi Forum (UDMF) – has supported the agitation demanding integrated far-western.

 

            The Forum, which has been sticking to its demand of one Madhes province, took part in the Saturday demonstration by political parties to a great surprise to all.

 

            In this line, Forum (Democratic) leader Madan Raj Bhatta said his party also longed for the integrated far-west while adding that ethnicity-based federalism would not be acceptable to them.

 

            It is not right move to delineate states on ethnic line so that Forum stands in favor of the integrated far-west, he said, expressing commitment to support the struggle.

 

            Nepali Congress including other allies taking part in the struggle have reasoned that integrating the Terai districts of Seti zone including Kailali and Kanchanpur into upper hill will help maintain economic, social, cultural and political balance.

 

            Despite party’s strong voice for the establishment of caste-based provinces, high-level leaders of the UCPN (Maoist) are also supporting this proposition.

 

            However, the Tharu community leaders have argued that the Kailalia and Kanchanpur should be included in Tharuwan province citing high population of Tharu community people there.

 

            They are sticking to a point that the districts , Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur should in no way be disintegrated.

 

            The UCPN (Maoist)-floated idea of including Kailali and Kanchanpur in the Tharuwan province as per their proposal of federating country into 10 provinces has sparked protest in the far-west region.

 

            To the contrary, NC has incorporated the two districts in undivided far-western in its proposal of state-restructuring. Congress has claimed that the proposal of carving out provinces has been made based on identity and capability.

 

            Locals voice their concern that the government has also not made any effort to address general strike and shutdown enforced in the region.

 

            Meanwhile, youths and students associated to different political parties have decided to intensify joint struggle raising the voice for undivided far-west.

 

            They came up with this decision after forming All-party Youths and Students Struggle Committee.

 

            The student unions and organizations including Youth Association, Tarun Dal, Progressive Youth Association, ANNFSU, Nepal Students’ Union and ANNFSU (Fifth) expressed solidarity for the struggle by announcing joint programme.

 

            Meanwhile, the Rastriya Janamorcha Party has announced to not join the struggle announced by the parties for the undivided far-west.

 

            Issuing a press release, Janamorcha said they would not be the part of this agitation accusing the parties of attempting to sideline Janamorcha in the agitation.

 

            Likewise, National Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) has called on all to maintain mutual harmony concerning the issue of federal restructuring of the far-west.

 

            The NEFIN has made it clear that they do not intend to escalate conflict among the interest groups in the name of federal state. RSS

 

 

 

Protests for Koshi-East province

 

BIRATNAGAR: Locals of Biratnagar have organized motorcycle rally today to pile pressure to make Koshi-East a province keeping Biratnagar in the centre.

 

            The motorcycle rally that began from local Birendra conference house converged into a corner meet in Jana Andolan Chowk after reaching around different parts of the town.

 

            Addressing the corner meet, Nepal Majdur Kisan Party, Morang Chairperson Narendra Humagain, acting district in-charge of UCPN (Maoist) Ganesh Uprety, Nepali Congress, Morang President Amrit Aryal, CPN-UML, Morang district Secretary Mahesh Regmi and legal practitioner Meena Sedhain highlighted the rational behind the struggle.

 

            On the occasion, the speakers claimed that Biratnagar is suitable city to make the Capital of the province from political, economical, historical and industrial perspective.

 

            Organizing a press conference on last Friday, the major political parties had announced struggle and formed a 151-member struggle committee comprising representation from all aides. RSS

 

 

 

 

Five arrested in Khatri murder accusation

 

BAITADI: Police arrested five persons on the charge of involving in killing Unified CPN (Maoist) district committee member Nardev Khatri.

 

            Among those arrested on the murder charge were Amba Dutta Bhatta, Laxman Bhatta, Krishna Bhatta, Bhim Raj Bhatta and Hari Singh Dhami of Bhatana-9, Bautadi.

 

            Slain Khatri was also from the same place.

 

            They have been taken under control for primary investigation into the incident after victim side gave explanation that the murder might have been occurred due to rivalry, said the Area Police Office, Patan.

 

            The dead body of Khatri, who went missing for the past one week, was found at local Sukdev community forest on last Friday. RSS

Published Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012 | 09:32 PM

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