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Indian nationals will be allowed to contest local body elections in Nepal for the time in May this year. People residing in border areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which is also known as the Tarai region, will be allowed to contest local body polls.
After seven months long agitation in Nepal, authorities have decided to amend the constitution and allow people living in this region, where marriages across the border are a common practice, to contest local body elections in Nepal. The amendment will also allow them to contest parliament elections on a proportionate basis.
The demands made by Madhesis, the local tribe, who live on both sides of the border led to multiple protests and road blockades in the past. The proposed constitution amendment will have to be made before May 14, when Nepal will have local body elections after nearly two decades.
After the cabinet decision on the issue, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led coalition government discussed it with the Election Commission of Nepal. Soon, an agreement was reached with the Madhesis.