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Far-West strike enters day 11; PM calls for talks

File Photo/Demotix Images

File Photo/Demotix Images

DHANGADI: The indefinite strike in the far west region called for demanding an undivided far west region in the new constitution has thrown the normal life out of gear on Monday, the 11th consecutive day.

According to our reporters, normal life in the districts of Far Western Development Region has been severely crippled and industries, factories, educational institutions and markets have been completely closed.

Seti and Mahakali Zonal Hospitals are reeling under the crisis of medicines and oxygen and the case was same with the private pharmacies.

People returning to their destination from India have been stranded at buspark in the Indian border side due to the strike. Similarly, the stranded passengers have submitted a memorandum today at the District Administration Office demanding an end to the strike.

However, banda enforcers said that they will continue the strike until the government pledges to keep the far west intact and undivided in the new constitution.

Likewise, the Tharu community has also agitating in the region demanding the Tharuwan Autonomous State in the new constitution.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has called on ending agitation in far-western region that continued for past 10 days.

Saying that the agitation has affected normal life in far-western region, Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai via media appealed to call off general strike and shutdown following the meeting of three parties.

The ongoing struggle that waged with the demand of undivided far-west is putting public life tougher, the Prime Minister said while calling agitating side to come into negotiation table after ending the agitation.

Prime Minister Bhattarai further said the stakeholders have been called for dialogue through authority concerned and via media. ‘Agitation is not the resolution to every problem. The government is committed to address the problems of far-west region in a scientific and practical manner’, the Prime Minister said. RSS

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