UCPN (Maoist) seeks clear position on federalism

Kathmandu

Jul 23, 2014-

The main opposition, UCPN (Maoist), has formed a committee to chalk out the party’s position on some of the key issues for a new constitution. The committee headed by Narayan Kaji Shrestha has been commissioned to come up with the official party line on the issues of federalism and forms of governance. To that end, the committee has formed two sub-committees under Lokendra Bista Magar and Haribol Gajurel. Besides, the party is also holding interaction and discussion across the country to make a clear position on federalism.

Although the UCPN (Maoist) has been advocating for a nationality-based federalism, it has failed to convince the other political parties and the public that the party’s position on federalism is not based on ethnicity, said Agni Sapkota, the committee member. “The immediate challenge of the party is to make a clear position on federalism. For that, we are holding discussions inside the party,” he said. He added that there will be no shift in the party’s position on fundamental issues for the new constitution. The UCPN (Maoist) has already concluded that vague policy on federalism was one of the reasons for the party’s defeat in Constituent Assembly election of 19 November 2013. There are also views that the party should revisit its position of single ethnic agenda.

The committee will also suggest the party the extent of flexibility that could be maintained while negotiating with other parties.

Published: 24-07-2014 08:55

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