Nepal’s president Ram Baran Yadav on Thursday discarded the ‘One-Madhesh-one-pradesh’ call and said that the slogan would push the insurgency-ravaged nation into a new conflict.
During the last two years, several political parties in Nepal’s Terai (bordering India) have been demanding the creation of an autonomous state on the grounds of discrimination against the the Bhojpuri, Maitheli and Awadi-speaking people of the area.
Speaking at an interaction programme titled ‘Children and the Head of the Nation’ at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday, President Yadav said that the country may get segregated if the politics is based on caste and communities.
At present, the two parties —Madheshi Janadhikar Forum and the Sadbhawana Party, which are part of the Prachanda-led government in Nepal, have been demanding for ‘One-Madhesh-one-Pradesh’.
Yadav, who is the first president of Nepal, suggested the political parties to be more focused on national unity.
He urged the various political forces to rise above the sentiments of ethnicity and regionalism.
The doctor-turned-president emphasised the need for dialogue with agitating outfits based in Terai claiming that only understanding, talks and unity can resolve the problems.
“The new constitution will be democratic as it will represent all the communities,” the president said, adding that a stronger bond amongst the people is the need of the hour to forge Nepal to the path of development.
However, President Yadav’s statement is likely to trigger a major controversy in the Terai districts. Interestingly, the president also hails from the Terai region and his first language is Maitheli.