32 UML leaders, CA members from Madhes demand revision on demarcation

KATHMANDU: Constituent Assembly members representing Madhesi and Tharu communities in the CPN-UML and some Central Committee members of the party today submitted a 10-point memorandum to the party Chair KP Sharma Oli, demanding revision on demarcation of federal units on the basis of identity and economic viability.

The 32 CA members and Central Committee members also urged the party to secure incorporation of Madhes movement in the preamble of the constitution.

UML Standing Committee member Satya Narayan Mandal, one of the signatories of the 10-point memorandum said "self-respecting" Madhesis took part in the 2007 Madhes movement and they sacrificed their lives to secure federalism in the Interim Constitution. Therefore, it should be recognised in the new constitution, he added.

“Madhes movement must be incorporated in the preamble to respect all the self-respecting Madhesis,” the leader stated.

UML CC member Shri Prasad Sah said the current boundaries of the federal units were not practical and scientific, hence, should be revised respecting five criteria of identity and four criteria of economic viability.

Sah said they also told the party leaders that Udayapur, Sindhuli and Makawanpur districts should be added to Province 2 to fulfil the criteria of economic viability.

Other demands include implementation of past agreements (including those signed with the sister wings of the parties), formation of constitutional commissions for Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis, guarantee of proportional inclusion of the marginalsied communities and demarcation of constituencies on the basis of the population.

Mandal said the Madhesi leaders of the party also urged the party chair to ensure that there should be no discrimination as far as citizenship provisions are concerned.