KATHMANDU, August 10
A meeting of United Democratic Madhesi Front has termed the delineation of six provinces irrelevant, unjustifiable and discriminatory.
The UDMF issued a press release on Monday expressing full solidarity with the current protests launched by the Tharu community against the six-model federalism that carve out Tharu dominated areas into hill provinces.
The front also urged the government to address the Tharus’ demands. It said the government conspired to render Tharus as kamaiya and slaves by putting their areas in the hill Pradesh in the name of undivided far-west. The UDMF also appealed to all to support the Tharu movement.
“The current delineation of boundaries of the provinces is against the main spirit of the Interim Constitution, popular movement, people’s war, Madhes uprising, and past movements of indigenous nationalities, principle of proportional inclusion, identity and provincial autonomy,” the UDMF said.
A version of this article appears in print on August 11, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.