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Deuba rules out possibility of federating nation

Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba (Photo: Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters)
Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba (Photo: Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters

Kathmandu: Senior leader of Nepali Congress (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has ruled out the possibility of federating the nation in the given time frame.
Backing his claims, Deuba said that “ when Chief of Maoist party Prachanda is rooting for unified Chitwan, than how do you think the nation will adopt federalism” questioned Deuba while making it an instance to highlight Prachanda’s ‘unwillingness’ to federate the nation.
Deuba futher claimed that along with other Maoist leaders, despite their avid support to federalism, have distributed similar promises in the name of unified Synangja, Palpa, Nawalparasi, far-west and Karnali.
He ruled out the possibility of adopting ethnic based federalism and called on the Prime Minister and Prachanda to come clear on their stance on the issue while receiving a memorandum from a team of journalist led by the Reporters Club on Thursday.
Deuba ruled out the possibility of ethnicity-based states and said federalism should be delineated based on the basis of geography and proposed to transform the present 75 districts into federal units if dispute over federalism is not resolved.
He stressed on the need to implement the seven point agreement and said “peace and constitution writing processes will be completed if all parties abide by the seven-point agreement.”
Deuba accused alleged the present government of derailing the peace process and writing of the new constitution and reiterated party’s official stance that the task of constitution writing would be furthered only after integration of the PLAs is started.
Stressing on the need to form a national unity government, Deuba ruled out the possibility to transform the incumbent government into a national unity government.
Reiterating his earlier stance, he once again proposed for reinstating the 1990 constitution by incorporating issues like federalism, inclusion, and secularism.
He said, “Monarchy has now been abolished. Monarchy could be replaced with Republic in the constitution.”

Published Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012 | 05:03 PM

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