KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Provincial Capital Establishing Committee, Dhankuta on Saturday staged a sit-in in the capital to pile pressure on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to declare Dhankuta as the center of Province 1.
The committee staged a sit-in for three and a half hours in front of Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Baluwatar this afternoon, demanding Dhankuta as the capital of Province 1 and to decide to hold the first meeting of Provincial Assembly in Dhankuta itself, Nepali Congress Dhankuta District Secretary Bijaya Santoshi Rai told Republica Online.
Participating in the gherao campaign, Provincial lawmakers Indramani Parajuli, Bina Rai, Kusum Kumari Shrestha, RC Tumba, former lawmaker Manohar Narayan Shrestha, coordinator of the campaign Umesh Ghimire, Nepali Congress Secretary Bijaya Santoshi Rai, among others categorically stated that they would continue staging protests unless Dhankuta is declared as the capital of Province 1.
On the occasion, Federation of Nepali Journalists central member Gopal Baraili, social activist Rajendra Pradhan, NC leader Hari Adhikari, among others were present in the campaign.
According to Rai, the committee has submitted a memorandum signed by 700,000 people to Prime Minister for the cause.