HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: As many as 43 Nepali Congress lawmakers representing the Madhes region have demanded that five pradeshes be carved out in Madhes and promulgation of the new constitution within the May 27 deadline.
This move on the part of NC lawmakers comes in the backdrop of unprecedented unity among the Madhesi, Janajati and other ethnic lawmakers. The NC lawmakers organised a press conference on the premises of the Constituent Assembly today to press their demand.
NC lawmaker Ajay Dwivedi said Madhes should be divided into five pradeshes in order to reflect the five identities of the region — Koch-Birat, Mithila, Bhojpuriya-Simraungadh, Awadhi-Lumbini and Tharuhat. Dwivedi added that if a fresh understanding on state restructuring is to be sought then a new understanding should be sought on the issue of forms of governance as well.
Lawmaker Mahendra Yadav said they have demanded inclusion of all districts from Jhapa in the Far-east, Makwanpur and Chitwan in the middle and Kanchanpur in the Far west in the Madhes region. “Those who seek one Madhes pradesh want to erase multi-identities in the Tarai-Madhes,” Yadav said.
“The issue of women, Muslim, Dalit indigenous nationalities and other backward classes and minorities should also be duly addressed,” a release issued by the lawmakers said.
Dr Shashank Koirala, Amod Upadhyay, Bimalendra Nidhi, Ramesh Rijal, Shobhakar Parajuli, Mohmmed Aftab Alam and Mahendra Yadav are among the signatories.