Leaders and cadres of the Federal Alliance in Rautahat today disrupted a workshop on restructuring at the local level in district headquarters, Gaur.
The programme was organised by Local Level Restructuring Technical Support Committee Rautahat in a meeting hall at Gaur Municipality. The committee had instituted its business from today by publishing a list of programmes under different phases.
However, the workshop was disrupted by FA supporters as soon as it began, on the ground that the settlement of the issue of provincial boundary must be addressed first. The protesters chanted various slogans, seeking the declaration of gaunpalika, municipality and sub-metropolis in the mountains, hills, and the Tarai.
According to Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Central member Rewant Jha, such programmes won’t be entertained until the statute is amended or rewritten. “At a time when Madhesis are at peace, the state is trying to provoke them,” he said.
Tarai Madhes Democratic Party leader Anil Kumar Singh, on his part, pledged to disrupt such programmes in the future too. “Those in power never tried to understand the Madhes plight despite months of agitation; we won’t accept their designs here in any form,” he said.
Chief District Officer Narahari Baral, Superintendent of Nepal Police Ganesh Regmi, former health state minister Bajra Kishor Singh, and former parliamentarian Krishna Prasad Yadav were among those present in the workshop today.