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Constitution amendment bill tabled in Nepal Parliament

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Seeking to end the year-long political crisis over the new statute, today tabled the Constitution amendment bill in 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 Secretariat, according to 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 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 Secretariat.

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First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 22:57 IST