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‘Three states in Madhes will ensure accord’
Feb 4, 2015-
Chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has said that there should be three states in Madhes for political consensus.
Talking to reporters in Biratnagar Airport on Wednesday, Gachhadar said three states in Madhes would facilitate political consensus over the issue of federalism. “Biratnagar should be the capital of one of the Madhesi states as the people in the East are not ready to accept Janakpur and Birgunj as the capital,” said the MJF-L chief, but declined to divulge details on federalism.
Warning of a potential war between the ruling parties and opposition alliance in the country, Gachhadar said, “There will be ceasefire if the parties agree to tread that middle-path that I proposed on January 22.”
Gachhadar had proposed 6-9 federal states and finalising names and boundaries of states later. He had also proposed either to divide the three disputed districts in the eastern region—Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari—in the federal structure or to form separate state comprising of these districts.
He claimed the opposition parties rejected the idea in haste as they could not understand the proposal very well.
But the MJF-L chief defended the opposition parties’ decision to shun Thursday’s CA meet “is not the boycott of the CA but the boycott of the Questionnaire Committee.”
Gachhadar said both the ruling parties and opposition alliance should be flexible for a swift resolution of the dispute through consensus.
Published: 05-02-2015 09:18