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DPM Sitaula to talk with agitating Far-Westerners

KATHMANDU: The government on Monday has formed a three-member talks team under the convenorship of Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula to initiate negotiations with the agitating groups in the far-western region.

People in the far-western region have been agitating for the past 11 days, protesting against the proposal of ten federal states presented by the UCPN (Maoist).

The team would hold talks with the agitating side and is expected to find a way out to the problem.

The team comprises Minister without Portfolio Barshaman Pun and Irrigation Minister Mahendra Yadav.

Entire life in the region has been adversely affected due to the continuous shutdown held at the call of the people of the far-west region.

Political leaders representing the far-western region and civil society and human rights activists there joined the agitation, expressing their solidarity towards the demand.

Close down enters Day 10

Normal life in the far-western region remained crippled for the tenth consecutive day on Monday, following a shutdown or a banda calling for guarantee of integrated far-western region in the new constitution.

All sectors in the region including business activities, transportation and educational sector have been adversely affected due to the prolonged shutdown.

Scores of people joined the demonstrations staged today in course of the banda.

Hari Regmi of the Integrated Far –Western Unity Society has warned that the banda would continue until and unless the demand was addressed.

The Tharuhat Struggle Committee also continued its shutdown on Monday, demanding that the Tharuhat State be ensured.

It may be noted that various groups including ethnic the non-ethnic organizations have been protesting in the far-western region with a view to piling pressure on the bodies concerned to ensure federal states as per their interests. RSS

Published Date: Monday, May 7th, 2012 | 04:35 AM

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