Bhimduttanagar, Aug 10: While many Far-Western folks envisaging ‘Indivisible Far-West’ are happy with the announcement of far-west including mid-western region’s Bheri and Karnali as the sixth province of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the six-province model has drawn mixed reaction from the folks in the region.
Although the six-province model and tentative demarcation has elated those who spearheaded and fought for the ‘Indivisible Far-West’ movement launched in 2012 and lasted for 32 days, the pro-Tharuhat folks are provoked and have demanded to annex Kailali and Kanchanpur in Tharuhat State.
“Federal States are not for fleeting present, but for future as well,” argued Bhojraj Bohara, Secretary of Nepali Congress Kanchanpur chapter. Bohara added that with the delineation of the Far-West and some parts of the Mid-West as the Sixth province, the robust hydro resources and the prospective of tourism of this Province should be developed.
He further said that of the total six proposed province, the Sixth is the most remote and poorest one but things would change for better if only the robust resources and potentials here are tapped prudently.
Citing an example, Bohara said, “The three routes to Mansarovar, Darchula, Bajhan and Dolpa fall under our province.” He was of the opinion that the government should pay attention towards the development of Badhimalik, Khaptad and Rara Lake.
“The leaders have incorporated the feelings of Far-Western folks when it comes to federating the country,” said Bohara, adding that the current decision is acceptable compared to the annexation of Kailali and Kanchanpur elsewhere.
Some opined that as the Far-Western region already had seven most remote districts, it was not wise to annex remote places of Karnali zone into this province. Some have been demanding ‘Indivisible Karnali’ while some others have been demanding annexation of Kailali and Kanchanpur into Tharuhat.
Tensions are flaring up in five districts, including in Jumla, in Karnali as many here are dissenting with the six-province pact and pressing for ‘Indivisible Karnali’.
Furthermore, Far-Western region has been witnessing strike for three days, enforced by the Tharuhat Terai Party.
Tharuhat Terai Party, Central Committee member Kirti Bahadur Thapa Magar demanded the annexation of Kailali and Kanchanpur in Tharuhat Area. He argued that since the sixth province has districts with remoteness and challenges, administrative operation in this province would be rather difficult.
“We are ready to agitate for the annexation of Kailali and Kanchanpur in the Tharuhat Area and we are ready to bear whatever it takes to achieve so,’ he reaffirmed.
On the other hand, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Central Committee member Hembabu Lekhak expressed his doubt over the implementation of the six-province pact.
“I am not assured of its implementation unless the draft on the province is endorsed through the proper process and the new constitution is delivered,” stated Lekhak. He demanded that the Sixth Province, which comprises Bheri, Karnali, Seti and Mahakali zone, should be accorded special prioritized constitutional status. RSS