UDMF cadres tear down local unit signboards, padlock offices

Published On: March 18, 2017 08:24 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, March 18: Cadres of the disgruntled United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have vandalized signboards of various newly created rural municipalities in Siraha district on Friday. They also padlocked various offices of rural municipalities in the district, expressing dissatisfaction over the restructuring of the local units under the new federal structure. 

Under the new restructuring, there are 11 rural municipalities and six municipalities in Siraha. The agitating cadres tore down signboards of most of these newly implemented 17 local units. Likewise, UDMF cadres also padlocked the office of the District Coordination Committee (DCC), Siraha. 

According to Suresh Raut, coordinator of the DCC, UDMF also padlocked the office of Lahan Municipality, Siraha Municipality, Sakhuwankarikatti Sakhuwankar Katti Rural Municipality, Laxmipur Patari Rural Municipality, Balgawa Rural Municipality, Nawarajpur Rural Municipality and Dhangadimai Municipality.

“Security personnel are on alert to foil UDMF’s obstructions. Padlocking has affected works of local level units,” informed Raut.

According to Raj Kumar Gupta, leader of Sadbhawana Party, UDMF removed signboards of municipalities and rural municipalities, and replaced them with black flag. “We will foil works of the local units until and unless the problem has been addressed politically.”

The Madhesi alliance has been hitting the streets to foil local election demanding that restructuring of local units should be based on population.  

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