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Terai MPs demand fresh census ahead of polls

world Updated: Apr 18, 2007 11:15 IST

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Nepal parliamentarians from the Terai region bordering India have demanded a fresh census for the delineation of constituencies ahead of the constituent assembly polls to frame a new Constitution for the Himalayan country.

Twenty-six Madhesi MPs issued a statement rejecting the recommendations made by Electoral Constituency Delineation Commission (ECDC) that had sought the addition of 28 seats in the Terai districts ahead of the Constituent Assembly polls so as to provide greater representation to the residents of the region.

"If the Constituent Assembly election is not going to be held in June, there will be ample time to hold fresh census based on which the constituencies should be re-delineated," said MP and vice-president of Nepal Sadbhavana Party (NSP-Anandidevi) Bharat Bimal Yadav.

The MPs have accused the government of conspiring to derail Madhesi people's demand for fair delineation of constituencies and "sowing the seeds for long-term conflict."

They have asked the government to stop the implementation of the ECDC recommendations if it wants to save the country from disintegration.

The ECDC headed by former Supreme Court (SC) judge Arjun Prasad Singh had recently recommended adding 35 seats 28 in the Terai districts and 7 in hilly district in order to increase their representation in the parliament.

The MPs, belonging to various political parties, include Kailash Nath Kasaudhan and Ajay Kumar Chaurasiya of Nepali Congress; Chitra Lekha Yadav and Hari Narayan Chaudhary of Nepali Congress (Democratic); Mahendra Prasad Yadav and Bansidhar Mishra of UML; Hridayash Tripathy and Bharat Bimal Yadav of NSP-Anandidevi; and Ajaya Pratap Shah of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), the nepalnews online said on Wednesday.