“There is a possibility that questions might be raised about the terms ‘Madhes’ and ‘Pahad’. We have seen that while delineating constituencies during the previous CA elections,” informed a CDC member requesting anonymity.
He maintained that the term ‘Madhes’ gained significance politically only after the 2007 Madhes uprising. Such complications had arisen during the last delineation process as some of the experts invited by the CDC to solicit opinions had raised this point, he said.
He also said that while both these terms are in common use, different stakeholders may raise question about their legality. “For instance, parts of Sunsari district have some hilly areas. But the district headquarter is in Inaruwa and the district is considered part of Madhes,” the member said.
Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi however doesn’t see any ambiguities regarding the geography. “The issue of geographical terminology was already settled during the last CA elections, wherein districts have been classified as belonging to Hill, Madhes and Mountain,” he remarked. He said that if any controversy arises, then the geographers need to be consulted.
The government, on June 13, had formed the CDC following a Supreme Court order. The constitution stipulates that such a commission needs to be formed for re-drawing the constituencies in line with the census report. But CDC’s efforts may go through a difficult patch. While the Meanwhile, the CDC on Wednesday held a meeting with representatives from the Department of Survey and the Central Bureau of Statistics and sought necessary support.
Likewise, the commission members are scheduled to hold interaction with the Election Commission on Monday. They will also meet representatives of political parties and pressure groups beginning June 30 and hold dialogues with experts, including sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and lawyers from July 6-11.
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