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UML Vice Chair Rai forming new indigenous party: Reports

KATHMANDU: With a host of political parties already rattling in the Constituent Assembly, media reports claimed on Monday that a new party aimed at securing ethnic identity and right to self-determination is in the offing.

The party, reports claimed, will be formed in the leadership CPN UML Vice Chairman Ashok Rai and will be participated leaders from the indigenous pool and presently affiliated to Nepali Congress, UCPN Maoist among others.

Leaders and lawmakers representing Gurung and Rai communities have intensified talks to form a party to exert pressure for right to self-determination, a leader claimed.

A leader said, “Preparations are underway for the movement. A struggle panel will be formed as per the conclusion of the discussion.”

It is learnt that the indigenous leaders of NC and UML have stressed to form a new political party while the Maoist leaders have objected the idea despite their agreement in the agendas.

However, Rai ruled out the chances of forming the new party but agreed that discussions were held in different steps. He claimed, “Those wishing me to quit the UML have spread this rumor. So far, no one has raised this issue (about forming a new party). I will take initiatives to address the problem from within the party itself.”

Saying there was no alternative to going for federalism, Rai claimed he did not lead any group of indigenous lawmakers and leaders with the purpose of forming a political party.

However, Nepali Congress (NC) leader Ananda Santoshi Rai, who is engaged in the clandestine meetings and discussions, said a new party would be formed if the country so demands.

Published Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 | 01:06 AM

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