Pyuthan and Rolpa unite against govt plan to split province


Nov 29, 2016-

Politicians, business owners, journalists and civil society representatives in Pyuthan and Rolpa have joined forces to protest the government plan of registering a constitution amendment to split Province 5.

They formed a joint struggle committee, led by former lawmaker of Pyuthan Mukti Prasad Sharma, on Monday to spearhead the protest to exert pressure on the government. 

“The people of Pyuthan and Rolpa stand united against the proposition of splitting Province 5,” said Sharma, adding that they were willing to fight to keep the province intact. 

The committee has warned of obstructing the East-West Highway if the government continues to ignore the voice of Pyuthan and Rolpa. It is also planning to organise a large protest at Chaturbhuj, which borders with Pyuthan district. 

Meanwhile, protests against Province 5 split plan continued in various districts of Rapti and Lumbini zones on Monday as well.

In Gulmi, all political parties have opposed the government plan. They are also planning to form a united front to lead the protest.

Khildhoj Panthi, district secretary of Nepali Congress, said they have been requesting all lawmakers, political parties and civil society leaders from Rupandehi district to coordinate the protest. 

Outrage over local restructuring 

GULARIYA: The residents of Khairichandanpur VDC in Baridya obstructed the Gulariya-Rajapur-Kothiya-ghat road on Monday, demanding that the VDC should be part of a municipality, not a village council as suggested by the technical team of the Local Level Restructuring Committee (LLRC). The villagers said they will continue to protest until their demand is addressed. They contend that the VDC meets the requirements to be in a municipality.  In Dhankuta, the people of Pakhribas Municipality have started a protest, demanding that the municipality should remain intact. Protests also broke 

out at Padsari, Hatibangai, Chilhiya, Bagaha, Basantapur, Hatipharsatikar and Manaiya VDCs in Rupandehi district after the LLRC proposed separating the VDCs from the current constituency to form a separate village council.

Published: 29-11-2016 08:20

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