Call against ethnic based federalism

Kathmandu, March 30: Leaders affiliated to various Leaders of various political parties have opined that State restructuring based on ethnicity would not be appropriate for a small country like Nepal with cultural diversity.

Taking part in an interaction on ‘Federal Republic and National Integrity’ organised by Purbeli Intellectual Circle in the Capital on Friday, the participants said the ethnicity-based state restructuring would do no good for the country as it might foment conflict in the society.

Former Home Minister and CPN (UML) leader Bhim Rawal said separate states for Rautes, Chepangs, Podes, Badis and Gandharvas, and the marginalised and backward communities of Nepal, should also be ensured if the ethnicity-based State restructuring was to be adopted.

Accusing the UCPN (Maoist) of not acting as per the seven-point agreement on the army integration process, the UML leader called for conclduing the remaining tasks of the army integration within April 12.

Similarly, Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak said federalism in the country was almost certain and the basis for federalism was a matter of discussions.

Stating that ethnicity-based state restructuring was not acceptable, he said however issues of ethnicity identity should be addressed.

Likewise, lawmaker Lalbabu Pundit stressed the need of conclduing the army integration process before drafting the new constituion.

Advocate Bhimarjun Acharya and Informal Sector Service Center ( INSEC) Chairman Subodh Pyakurel claimed that federalism was not possible in the context of Nepal and accused the political parties of trying to take the country to a division in the name of fedaralism.RSS


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