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Seeking to end the year-long political crisis over the new statute, Nepal government today tabled the Constitution amendment bill in Parliament to address the grievances of the agitating Madhesi parties and other ethnic groups. After the Council of Ministers passed its draft, the Constitution amendment bill was registered at the Parliament Secretariat, according to Parliament sources. The Cabinet meeting was held at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar in the afternoon. Re-demarcation of the provincial boundary and citizenship issue are the two major demands put forth by the agitating Madhesi parties. The minority, mostly of Indian-origin, has led months- long violent protest seeking better representation in the Parliament and the federal structure of the Constitution that divides their ancestral homeland. The bill tabled today proposes to amend provisions related to redrawing provincial boundaries, recognition of various languages, citizenship and representation in the National Assembly. The bill brought as per the Article 296 of Nepal's Constitution would mature after five days of registration, said an official at the Parliament Secretariat.
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