Madhesi lawmakers from the CPN-UML have demanded the party leadership reconsider the proposed state demarcation saying that the eight Tarai districts of state 2 is not strong enough in terms of economic capability.
They said the proposed state covering eight districts from Saptari to Parsa should be merged with hill districts.
UML CC member and lawmaker Shatrughan Mahato, among other leaders, have begun consultations with lawmakers and leaders of other political parties to garner their support on the issue.
“It is our demand that a state should be economically capable, but under the current model of delineation the state number two cannot sustain on its own,” Mahato told eKantipur. According to Mahato, they have already asked UML Chairman KP Oli, Jhala Nath Khanal, Madhav Nepal, among other leaders, to reconsider the demarcation of province 2. They demanded the state be merged with hill districts like Udayapur, Sindhuli, Makwanpur, Dolakha and Ramechhap.
“If our idea is considered, the state would reflect both the identity and capability,” said Mahato.
Responding to Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik’s recent demand to separate Saptari and Siraha from province 2 and induct them to province 1 in the East, leader Mahato said, “Instead of adding more districts to state two to make it capable, the idea to take away Siraha and Saptari is not acceptable to us.” He warned that if Siraha and Saptari were removed from state two, protests would erupt there just like in the Far-West.