Madhesi groups say one Madhes state is unacceptable

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Kathmandu, Feb 24 (UNI) Echoing the stand of government and major political parties, two major groups of Terai have said that they would not accept the 'one Madhes state' demand of the regional Madhesi political parties.

The demand for ''One Madhesh, One province'' would be unacceptable to indigenous Tharu people as it has ''hurt the very national sentiments of Nepalis in Madhesh,'' Nepalnews quoted a statement of United Tharu National Liberation Front (UTNLF).

Leader of the front, Laxman Chaudhary, also warned that his party would wage a strong movement if the government concedes to the demand for the ''so-called One Madhesh, One province.'' UTNLF is also organising a protest rally in Kathmandu against the demand, which it believes would disintegrate the nation.

The Chure Bhawar National Unity Party has also warned that if the government is to concede to the demand, they would wage a strong agitation against it.

Issuing a release, the party which has been fighting for the cause of the people of hilly origin living in Terai, advised against fulfilling this demand as it would only increase communal feelings and disintegrate the country.

The government has rejected the demand, saying this is against the integrity of Nepal.

Major political parties have said they were ready to sit and resolve the problem except the demand of one province in Terai.

Civil society leaders and the parties have also criticised the Nepali Congress for holding talks at the Indian embassy, saying it was direct interference by India.

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