Delineation feud festers as Mid West MPs differ

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 18, 2015-

The demarcation row in the Mid West is festering due to the division among lawmakers in the region over a way out.

Constituent Assembly members from the development region have started lobbying for revision to the delineation of provinces as per their convenience.

A section of lawmakers led by Yubaraj Gyawali of the CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) Member of Parliament Krishna Bahadur Mahara are effortful to include Salyan and a part of Rukum in Province 5 with a view that the Dang valley can be made the provincial capital.

Gyawali-led lawmakers are for including the entire Rukum and Salyan in Province 5. As an alternative, the group has proposed a province that incorporates all the districts of the mid-western region.

“Our first priority is to include both Salyan and Rukum districts in Province 5. If that is not possible, a separate province of the districts in the region should be created,” said Gyawali.

Another group of MPs led by Prakash Jwala and Maoist lawmaker Janardan Sharma would rather have all the districts of the Mid West and the Far West in Province 6 than put Rukum and Salyan in Province 5.

The group has proposed autonomous regions for the Tharu community in the Far West and the Karnali people in the Mid West while keeping both the regions undivided. “This is an idea to keep the regions whole and address protests raging in the districts,” said Jwala.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, who is also from the mid-western region, reportedly backs the Jwala team’s proposal.

CA members supporting the idea have already briefed Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on the matter. However, both Mahara and Gyawali remained absent during the meeting with the prime minister.

Published: 19-08-2015 07:13

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