Nepalgunj, February 23:

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum chairman Upendra Yadav said the Maoists’ People Liberation Army combatants should not be merged into Nepal Army.

“Those who want to join the Nepal Army should join through individual competition. People Liberation Army’s merger into the Nepal Army should not happen at any cost,” said Yadav, who was speaking at a press meet in Nepalgunj.

Yadav said the People’sLiberation Army fighters should be provided with education and skill training, sent abroad for jobs, provided with loans or mobilised for industrial security as per the individual ‘s capacity and interest. “

No politically indoctrinated army can be be merged with the Nepal Army. It cannot be done not even in imagination,” he said. Yadav also said his party’s struggle from parliament, government and streets would continue until their demand for

‘One Madhes One Pradesh’ were not met. He said, “The Tarai region from Mechi in the east to Mahakali in the west should be made one state.”