Morcha seeks statutory note of dealmaker body

- Post Report, Kathmandu
Morcha interlocutors say agreement not remote if major parties specify in the ToR that the federal restructuring would keep Tharu and Madhesi clusters intact

Jan 18, 2016-Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of four Madhes-based parties, has demanded that the proposed high-level political mechanism should be annexed to the constitution for its broader legitimacy.

In a closed-door discussion with members of the three-party taskforce on Sunday, Morcha negotiators insisted that the annex should also outline the terms of reference for the proposed mechanism.

Morcha’s new proposal comes a day after the three major parties made a joint offer to give legitimacy to the mechanism by endorsing it from Parliament.

The three parties on Saturday had proposed revising the federal boundaries within three months taking all the past reports and recommendations into consideration.

“We’ll enter into the ToR of the mechanism after getting an assurance that the body is annexed to the constitution,” said Laxman Lal Karna, co-chairman of the Sadbhawana Party.

Morcha interlocutors said an agreement is not remote if the major parties specify in the terms of reference that the federal restructuring would keep Tharu and Madhesi clusters intact. 

The Morcha, which had earlier demanded assurance of two provinces in the plains, has agreed not to mention the number of provinces to be carved out in the Tarai.

Rajendra Shrestha, co-chairman of the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal, said breaking of the Madhesi and Tharu clusters was the source of the current discontent. 

He said the revision should address the grievances of the Tarai groups.

The two sides have already narrowed down their differences on other issues, notably the delineation of electoral constituencies and proportional and inclusive representation of the marginalised communities. 

In a non-paper submitted to the Morcha, representatives of the major parties offered either to accept their amendment proposal or register their own revision.

NC leader Mahesh Acharya said the taskforce is narrowing down the differences on all issues.

“There has been an understanding to give constitutional legitimacy to the mechanism,” Acharya said after the meeting.

The taskforce is scheduled to meet on Monday after holding discussion with the top leaders. Cross-party negotiators said they are edging closer to a deal despite some differences on the key issues.

“A deal is on the horizon as we have narrowed down the differences on many issues,” said Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Vice-chairman Hridayesh Tripathi.


Published: 18-01-2016 08:30

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