RPP-N, Madhesi parties against reviving Ilakas

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 28, 2016-

The agitating regional parties and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal have stood against the agreement of three major parties to determine the local bodies on the basis of area clusters (Ilakas).

Addressing a meeting of Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers from the parties said that the “three-party syndicate” was not acceptable to them. They have warned the parties to withdraw the decision and consult all the forces before taking any crucial decision.

Taking special time from the Speaker, RPP-N Chief Whip Dilnath Giri claimed that reviving the Ilakas would mean not accepting the spirit of the new constitution which requires a restructuring of the existing administrative units. He asked the parties 

to let the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC) function independently. The country was divided into 927 clusters (Ilakas) 25 years ago. The largest party, Nepali Congress had stood against the decision of the LLRC to form 565 local units, not exceeding 10 in one district.

Jungi Lal Raya of the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party told the House that they are against restructuring the local bodies before the 

dispute over the provincial boundaries is settled. He reiterated the Madhesi parties’ demand for dissolution of the commission.

In response, CPN-UML Chairman and former prime minister KP Sharma Oli said that his party had accepted to take the Ilakas as the basis for the restructuring for the sake of timely election in the local bodies. He, however, said his party was against pressuring the commission.

Published: 28-09-2016 07:39

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