No referendum on the question of territorial integrity, clarifies PM

KP Sharma Oli

Kathmandu, March 11

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli clarifies that the government has not agreed to hold a referendum on the question of territorial integrity as rumoured by many in its agreement with Madheshi activist CK Raut.

The Prime Minister clarifies that the constitution does not allow the government to hold the referendum on issues like integrity and national sovereignty, but only on political issues.

Addressing a function organised on the occasion of National Security Council in Kathmandu on Monday, the Prime Minister made the statement.

Earlier on Sunday, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on behalf of the government had clarified about the agreement in the House of Representatives.

Various political leaders and stakeholders have questioned the meaning of the agreement after Raut interpreted it as the government’s consent to hold a referendum to decide if the Madhesh region can be a separate country.

Published on March 11th, Monday, 2019 2:12 PM

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