KATHMANDU: As the Madhesh based parties have been opposing the recommendation of Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) to keep the 240 constituencies intact, Nepal Sadhbhawana Party (NSP) has started indefinite sit-in protest in the seven districts of Madhesh from Monday demanding the scrap of the report.
The party has demanded that the electoral constituencies should be delimitated in line with the increase in population. The party has also demanded the government extend time for registration of the voter’s list.
Their other demands include rehabilitation of the locals in Siraha by creating social harmony among the villagers. A violent clash had ensued few days ago after Hindu pilgrims visiting a Shiva temple in Saraswar VDC in the district clashed with villagers after a group of village men allegedly harassed some female pilgrims. More than 200 people, including 40 security personnel, were injured in the incident following which many villagers had vacated the village in want of security.
NSP started sit-in at the district headquarters of Saptari, Bara, Parsa, Rauthat, Kapilvastu and Rupandehi, pressing for their demands.
All the Madhesh based parties have been demanding to increase the constituencies in Madhesh in line with the number of population. The population of tarai increased significantly after the government recently distributed citizenship certificate. The parties have also been demanding to allow all eligible voters to register their name in the voter’s list even if they do not have citizenship certificate.
Meanwhile, CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the election should be held on November 19 at any cost for running the affairs of the state by an elected government.
The former Prime Minister Nepal claimed the present government headed by a sitting Chief Justice was constituted under compelling circumstances and it was imperative to hold the election for running the country under the leadership of the political parties. He also declared that if the November 19 election does not take place, it will never take place adding that the international community too was for holding the election on the designated date.
Stating that the demand for increasing the number of proportional seats and re-registration of voters list would be fulfilled for creating the ‘election environment’, he opined that the 33 per cent women’s representation was adequate.
The UML senior leader called upon all the poll-opposing parties to help conduct the election rather than obstructing it. He added that talks are on with the CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya and the talks would be conclusive.
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