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Indigenous nationalities now look forward to unite for ethnic federalism

KATHMANDU: Leaders of the indigenous nationalities have said they would unite and transform into single national political force in the Constituent Assembly (CA) election that has been called for November 22, 2012.

During the discussion organised by Indigenous Nationalities United Struggle Committee here, today, they expressed commitment to make a single political force as the four-year-long term of the recently dissolved CA failed to promulgate the federalism on the basis of ethnicity.

The participants of the meeting have blamed the political parties, especially, the Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML) were not seemed to be positive over the demands of their communities though the indigenous nationalities were struggling for the establishment of the federal states on the basis of ethnicity.

Demand of constituting a new political party of the indigenous communities was on top of discussions after the major political parties turned deaf ear to the indigenous communities’ issues in the recently dissolved CA, said coordinator of the struggle committee Parshuram Tamang, adding no final decision was made to the effect.

A two-day long meeting of the committee held after the dissolving of the CA, has concluded that the NC and the UML be against the federalism based on ethnic identity and urged all indigenous nationalities unite in a single political force.

Leaders, who are against the federalism with ethnic identity has been identifying, we will convene against them, said Ang Kaji Sherpa, the committee member and General Secretary of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities. “We will take the programme as the campaign in the villages.”

Member of the committee and Vice-chairman of the Kirant Rai Yayokkha, Durga Rai, said the indigenous community leaders have been holding discussion whether to form a new party or make campaign in the major political parties as the parties ignored their fair demands. RSS

Published Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 | 12:07 AM

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