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Nepal’s Madhesi parties pull out of State restructuring talks!

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PTI / The Hindu / KATHMANDU, August 6, 2011.

A crucial front from Nepal’s Terai plains has decided to pull out of talks for the restructuring of the state and devolution of power, amid a row with the three main parties in the country.

The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), an alliance of the Terai-based parties with some six dozen lawmakers in the parliament, had been involved in talks with the government and the main opposition Nepali Congress over its demand for a single autonomous Madhes State comprising the 20 districts in the southern plains bordering India.

J.P. Gupta, Chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum — Republic (MJF-R), one of the constituents of the Front, said they are ready to talk on forming a panel of experts on state restructuring, but would not discuss the issue of the setting up of a State Restructuring Committee (SRC) any further.
“We came for the meeting as the leaders of the three parties had assured us an alternative to SRC,” Mr. Gupta was quoted as saying by Nepalnews online.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, UDMF leaders said they will not agree to the formation of SRC and will not further discuss it.

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