UML can never agree on 2 provinces in Madhes, clarifies Secretary

KATHMANDU: A CPN-UML Secretary said his party would not agree on dividing the entire Madhes region into two provinces at any cost.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters' Club in the Capital today, Bhim Acharya said the party would neither agree on entirely separating hilly provinces from Tarai districts.

"This is our bottom line," the former minister said, "The work of strangling 95 per cent people of the nation by around two to four per cent of people supported by foreigners will not be tolerated."

He was of the opinion that agreements earlier signed with various Madhesi parties and alliances could not be implemented as they were contradictory to each other.

The UML leader said his party would extend support to the Constitution Amendment Bill registered by the Nepali Congress-led previous government, provided the agitating parties would stop protests thereafter.

Acharya, however, maintained that the Constitution could not be amended in order to meet interests of foreign forces.

A native of Sunsari district, Acharya also claimed that around 95 per cent people of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari districts are against demands of Madhesi parties that their districts be included in a province not connected to hilly regions.

He even challenged the Madhes-based parties to prove people's support in their agendas in a referendum.