Minister for Agriculture and Cooperative Nandan Kumar Dutta said on Saturday that United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), an alliance of five Madhes-based political parties, has given up its demand of forming ´one-Madhes-one-state´ across the Tarai region.
Dutta, who is the deputy parliamentary party leader of Madhesi People´s Rights Forum-Republican (MPRF-R), a constituent party of UDMF, said the alliance has submitted a draft of the State Restructuring Committee
suggesting two provinces in the Tarai region.
“We have made a compromise on our earlier demand of turning the entire Tarai region into a single Madhes state. We have now proposed two states,” Dutta added while addressing a program in Biratnagar on Saturday morning.
He said that the names of proposed states would be finalized later. “The names will be finalized through consensus among the parties. It can be Madhes, Tharuhat, Mithila state or something else,” Dutta stated.
He criticized Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML for objecting to the proposed states in Tarai. “We agreed to compromise but NC and UML have objected to our proposal,” Dutta said.
He accused NC and CPN-UML of being ´enemy of Madhes´ stating that the two parties are jealous of the Maoist party which is sympathetic to Madhes issues.