KATHMANDU: Ruling party UCPN (Maoist) on Thursday floated a proposal to delineate the country into 10 provinces on the basis of ethnicity and geography, drawing flak from both the opposition and its coalition ally. The opposition parties--Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML-- and the Maoist ally United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) have rejected the Maoist proposal.
The Maoists put forth the 10-state model during the talks held at the Constituent Assembly (CA) hall in the capital today.
The meeting has been adjourned after the Maoists came up with the 10-state proposal. The Maoists further added that they will not compromise on the 10-state proposal.
The leaders of the NC and UML remarked that they were taken aback by the latest stance of the Maoists on country’s federal set up. They expressed displeasure at the Maoists’ proposal saying that the stance was against the understanding reached during the Hattiban talks. The SLMM, the ally of the Maoist-led coalition government, rejected the Maoist proposal that proposes three states in the Madhes region.
In the Hattiban talks, the major three parties and the SLMM had reportedly reached an understanding to carve six to eight provinces.
The leaders also said that the next round of inter-party talks will be held after holding intra-party discussions regarding the state restructuring.