President cautions parties on federalism

Kathmandu, March 31: President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav while expressing optimism that the nation will receive a new constitution by May 27 has called on political parties to take caution while federating the nation.

“Nation should have integrity. Federal states should be formed without affecting this integrity,” said the President adding that such a federalism ” will be in the interest of the nation and its citizens”.

Speaking to journalist at a program organized by the Reporters Club Nepal on the occasion of its 14th anniversary at the President’s office on Saturday, the President said that he was confident that the political parties will deliver the nation with a new constitution by the deadline.

“All the indigenous nationalities, religions and cultures are the heritage of the country, and the cohesion among them should not be jeopardized,” said the President.

He argued that the nation could not see stability and prosperity due to the failure managing the country’s politics.

Claiming that India and China, Nepal’s two close neighbours, have witnessed rapid economic growth in the period of the past seven decades, the President said, “Nepal has been pushed towards backwardness despite the rich natural resources and the reason behind it is just the political instability.”

The development of the country was obstructed due to several political fluctuations and now the Nepali people have a desire for lasting peace and political stability, he stressed.

The President said he has been alerting the top leaders of political parties not to divert the country away from the democratic course facilitated by the different pacts including the 12-point agreement and the seven-point deals, stressing the need to forge consensus and collaboration among the four main political parties.

He made it clear that the path of democracy, nationality and socialism propounded by popular leader the late BP Koirala would make development possible in the country.

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