Strike af­fects life in Dhangadhi

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

The peo­ple in Kailalai are up in arms against the de­ci­sion of the provin­cial govern­ment to make Go­davari as the per­ma­nent cap­i­tal of Sudur Paschim Prov­ince. They have called an in­fi­nite gen­eral strike against the de­ci­sion. The provin­cial govern­ment de­cided Go­davari as the cap­i­tal of Sudur Paschim Pradesh (pre­vi­ously Prov­ince No. 7). But the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee’s pro­posal to des­ig­nate Go­dawari in Kailali as cap­i­tal of Prov­ince sparked protests in the re­gion, with lo­cal peo­ple of Dhangadhi, the tem­po­rary provin­cial cap­i­tal, tak­ing to the streets. Law­mak­ers also raised ques­tions over the pro­posal to shift the cap­i­tal at a provin­cial as­sem­bly meet­ing on Wed­nes­day. The in­hab­i­tants of Dhangadhi Sub­metropoli­tan City, Kailali, staged demon­stra­tions in protest of the pro­posal of shift­ing the provin­cial cap­i­tal from Dhangadhi to Teghari in Go­dawari Mu­nic­i­pal­ity-4. Mayor Nripa Ba­hadur Bada and Nepali Congress (NC) ac­tivists led the demon­stra­tions. The protesters burnt tyres and chanted slo­gans against Chief Min­is­ter Trilochan Bhatta and the rul­ing NCP. They warned of con­tin­ued protests un­less the com­mit­tee with­draws its pro­posal of shift­ing the cap­i­tal. The ag­i­ta­tors claimed that the pro­posal to shift the cap­i­tal just a few kilo­me­tres from Dhangadhi was a po­lit­i­cal whim. They said Go­davari lies in for­est ar­eas and it was un­wise to make a provin­cial cap­i­tal by clear­ing jun­gles. Life came to a grind­ing halt due to the strike. The ve­hi­cles re­mained off the road and the in­dus­tries, mar­ket places re­mained shut. They ac­cused the provin­cial govern­ment of tak­ing the de­ci­sion in the in­flu­ence of the jun­gle and land mafias. Ac­cord­ing to them, sev­eral trees should be cleared to de­velop Go­davari as provin­cial cap­i­tal and the tim­ber smug­glers will ben­e­fit from that.

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