The government’s declaration of provisional headquarters for all seven provinces has given fresh impetus to the agitation in Doti and Dang, where an indefinite general strike has been called from today.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers today had decided to recognise Biratnagar, Janakpur, Hetauda, Pokhara, Rupandehi, Surkhet and Kailali as temporary provincial headquarters for provinces 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively.
In Doti’s Dipayal, tension rose with the government fixing provisional headquarters. Here too, a struggle coordination committee that has been agitating seeking Dipayal as the provincial headquarters for Province 7 has called an indefinite shutdown across the district from today. Earlier, a daylong bandh was called across the district for today over the same demand. According to the agitation coordination committee coordinator Narendra Khadka, a meeting this evening decided to enforce an indefinite strike in the wake of the government decision to declare Kailali as the provincial headquarters. “Everything, from vehicles, to government and non government offices, businesses and factories will be closed during the bandh,” he said.
Earlier, the district had been shut for five days since January 3. “As the government has done injustice by declaring some other place as the provincial headquarters, we are ready to go to any extent against this injustice,” said agitation coordination committee member Dipak Khadka, adding they had earlier taken a decision that those who had got their citizenship certificates from the district administration would return the certificates to the government through the administration unless Dipayal was made the provincial headquarters. Meanwhile, even political parties have expressed solidarity with the agitation.
प्रदेश नम्बर ७ को राजधानी दीपायल तोकिनु पर्ने माग गर्दै आन्दोलनकारीले बुधबारदेखि डोटीमा फेरि बन्द गरेका छन् । बन्दका कारण डोटीको जनजीवन प्रभावित बनेकोे छ ।
सरकारी कार्यालय, विद्यालय, कलकारखाना तथा यातायातका साधन ठप्प भएका छन् । आन्दोलनकारीहरुले बिहानैदेखि सडकमा नाराबाजी गरिरहेका छन् ।
७ नम्बर प्रदेशको मुख्य केन्द्र बिन्दु रहेको दीपायलमा राजधानी बनाउनुको सट्टा सरकारले राजधानी धनगढीका लागि सिफारिस गरिरहेको भन्ने आरोप लगाउदै राजनीतिक दल, व्यापारी, उद्योगी तथा स्थानीय बासिन्दा रहेको संघर्ष समितिले डोटी बन्द गरेको हो । समितिले यसअघि पनि बन्द गरेको थियो ।