CHITWAN: Nepali Congress General Secretary Shashanka Koirala said that the Constitution amendment bill registered at the Parliament Secretariat was against the public sentiment.

Talking to mediapersons here in Bharatpur on Tuesday, Koirala said the proposal that sought the separation of hilly districts of Palpa, Arghakhanchi, Gulmi, Rolpa and Pyuthan from the Province No. 5 and adding them to Province No. 4 was not acceptable.

The Nepali Congress leader stressed on the need for seeking locals' opinion on the propoposed amendment.

Earlier addressing a programme organised in Nawalparasi district this morning, Koirala asserted that the amendment proposal was registered without the party’s consent. Koirala is elected to the Parliament from Nawalparasi Constituence No. 1.

Koirala shared that Nepali Congress lawmakers Balkrishna Khand and Chandra Bhandari among others had also expressed their disagreement over the proposal.

Koirala went on to opine that the government should withdraw the Constitution amendment bill if consensus was not forged among Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN Maoist Centre and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP).

Furthermore, he said that the Nepali Congress, being the largest party, should take an initiative to bring all parties together.