DHANKUTA, May 17: Thousands of locals on Thursday took part in a mass rally in Khandbari, the headquarters of Sankhuwasabha district, demanding that the district be kept undivided in the new state restructuring. Khandbari Bazaar remained shut Thursday due to the protest.
The rally was taken out against the agreement reached among three major parties - UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML - to split the district into two parts in the 11-province federal model.
Altogether 32 organizations including Sankhuwasabha Chamber of Commerce and Industries, ethnic organizations and sister organizations of various political parties had joined the protest program.
The rally organized with a slogan ´Save Sankhuwasabha from splitting´ encircled Khandbari Bazaar before converging into a corner meeting. The corner meeting was addressed by the Chairman of Sankhuwasabha Chamber of Commerce and Industries Ananta Gauli.
The agitating locals have sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai asking him to keep Sankhuwasabha district undivided in the new state restructuring.