Nepal’s PM starts unifying janjati forces for unitary-ethnic identity based federalism

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has formally started gathering all janjati, madheshis, muslims and other forces vying for unitary-identity-based federalism.

On Tuesday, Bhattarai conferred with leaders affiliated to the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and the former Constitutional Assembly Janjati Caucus, including CPN UML janjati leaders.

Today’s meeting was part of the Monday understanding between Joint Democratic Madheshi Front and the Maoist to form a joint front comprising of all forces who are in favor of federalizing the nation along unitary-identity-based federal states.

The meeting was participated by CPN UML Vice Chairman Ashok Rai, politburo member Prithvi Subba Gurung, Kiran Gurung among others.

Leading proponent of the unitary-ethnic identity federalism movement and former Chairman of NEFIN Om Gurung also participated in the meeting.

Gurung said that the discussion centered on forming the joint front and claimed that such a front would be imperative to push their cause.

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