No change in province boundary, says Nepal

Gaighat, January 7

Senior CPN-UML leader and former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today said that his party had initiated a campaign to wipe out the misconceptions related to the contents of the constitution in the Tarai districts.

“Tarai agitation began due to lack of proper publicity of the contents in the new constitution.

There is no point in agitating against the constitution by any community or force at all as the constitution has included the possible voices of all,” he argued.

Inaugurating Sagarmatha Zonal training programme of his party in Udaypur on Thursday, Nepal said that the Tarai had been hit hard with the agitation as the parties involved in the constitution drafting process did not reach the rural areas and the Tarai on time.

“The Tarai agitation has been guided by a handful of Madhesi leaders for their partisan interests. It has pushed the country years back in terms of development and prosperity,” he said.

“There won’t be any change in the provincial boundary in the Tarai districts as demanded by the agitating leaders as the folks in Sunsari, Jhapa, Morang, Udaypur, Sindhuli and Makawanpur are against the new delineation,” he clarified.

Meanwhile, CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokhrel said the government was preparing to ink a historical pact with the northern neighbour China.

“As the years-long relation with India has been in peril at present, the northern border points will be opened and new agreements will be signed to address the fuel crisis in the country,” he said.