Madheshi Morcha cast off upcoming local polls

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KATHMANDU – The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has decided to boycott the local election scheduled for May 14 and start agitation.

The meeting of UDMF held at the party office of Tarai-Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP) in Bijuli Bazar to forge its official stance on the new constitution amendment bill registered at the parliament on Monday has decided to reject the bill, boycott the election and start agitation.

The government had registered a new constitution amendment bill in the parliament on Tuesday after withdrawing the amendment bill that was under consideration in the parliament.
The government registered the new amendment bill to address the demands of UDMF and to bring them on board for the local election.

The issue of provincial demarcation will now be concluded through a federal commission and the new amendment bill will address the remaining five issues. The new bill proposes to amend Article 274 of the constitution to allow even the current parliament to change provincial demarcation. Chiefs and deputy chiefs of the local bodies will not be allowed to vote for the Upper House at the center as per the demand of the UDMF.

The provisions for language and citizenship have been taken from the amendment bill currently under consideration in the parliament that has been withdrawn.