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Dalit community demands share in new constitution

KATHMANDU: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that new constitution will be Dailt-friendly and would address the problems of Dalit community.

Receiving a memorandum submitted by representatives of Dalit community at his residence on Saturday, Dahal said that the Maoist party was committed to empowering Dalit community which was suppressed for long in the past.

Saying he was in favor of providing special rights to Dalit from the time of People’s War as well, Dahal said he was committed to providing special rights to the community that have been sidelined from the state’s mainstream, Ranendra Baraili Vice-chairman of Nepal Rastriya Mukti Morcha quoted Dahal as saying.

On the occasion, Dahal told Dalit leaders that the major political parties have not forged consensus on electoral system but proportional electoral system will be adopted to provide rights to Dalit and other marginalized communities, according to Vice-president of Nepal Dalit Association Mukta Mahate.

Representatives of eight different organizations of Dalit community submitted the 20-point memorandum demanding end to all sorts of caste based discrimination, proportional representation of Dalit community in all state apparatus and provision of 10 per cent additional facilities as compensation among others. RSS

Published Date: Friday, April 20th, 2012 | 11:50 PM

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