Khanal urges ethnic leaders to give up ethnic federalism
KATHMANDU: At a time when the CPN (UML) leaders have been voicing against ethnicity based federalism for time and again, UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, however, has said that rights of the indigenous community will be ensured in the new constitution by balancing ethnic harmony in the country.
Receiving a memorandum submitted by the Federation of Indigenous and Nationalities (NEFIN) today, Khanal said that the UML was for federalizing the country that could balance ethnic harmony and urged the leaders of the NEFIN to give up their stance for ethnicity based federalism.
The representatives of NEFIN on the occasion stressed on establishing federalism based on ethnic identity by promulgating the constitution in the slated timeframe of the Constituent Assembly, ensuring the rights to the marginalized and minority groups, among others.
Vice-chairman of the NEFIN Norbu Ghale stressed on federalizing the country by recognizing the identity of the indigenous nationalities based on the languages, customs and culture, and historical importance. RSS