We announced it in order to pressure the CA to get its act together.
So, this is only pressure?
The people want federalism. But when that wish fell into the shadows, we declared autonomous regions.
You say other parties have conspired to stop the passage of federalism in the CA, yet your party called a Nepal bandha that obstructed the CA.
Yes, that happened, but our aim isn't to obstruct the CA.
What will happen after the announcement of the federal regions?
It will wake up people's hopes for federalism, and will help the CA meet the deadline and facilitate state restructuring.
Madhesi and janajatis opposed your declaration of autonomous regions, right?
This isn't final. There's still a lot of discussion left to be done.
You gave Koch a state of their own, but there is a much larger Maithili population. They didn't get a state, why?
The number of provinces will only be decided after rounds of discussions.
It seems like you're bypassing the CA?
No, rather we're strengthening it.
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