Dahal faces tough time convincing own party men

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 16, 2016-

After “getting” 15 more days from the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, an alliance of Madhesi and Janajati forces, to register a constitution amendment proposal, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is planning to hold one more round of “serious discussion” with his party leaders.

PM Dahal, who has been exploring different options, is learnt to have been working on rearranging the districts of Province 5, as part of which he is mulling over separating six or seven districts—out of 13—to create one more province from Nawalparasi to Bardiya in the plains. But there are challenges ahead. 

During a discussion in the party on the second day on Tuesday, leader Top Bahadur Rayamajhi is learnt to have warned PM Dahal against splitting Province 5.  Earlier also there were reports that Maoist leaders were against tinkering with the districts and provinces where there is no dispute.

When asked, PM Dahal’s chief political advisor Chakrapani Khanal said that some leaders from the plains could approve of the idea the party chairman was toying with, indicating that all are not against it. 

Some leaders, however, believe only a few changes in Province 5 will not solve the problem and have called on the leadership to find alternatives in a package, according to leaders. 

Published: 16-11-2016 07:34

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