UCPN (Maoist) sister bodies announce stir

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 6, 2014-

The ethnic and regional wings of the main opposition, UCPN (Maoist), has announced to launch a pressure campaign to ensure a federal setup based on ethnicity through a new constitution.  

United National Front (UNF), the umbrella body of various ethnic and regional organisations of the party, has made such decision at a time when parties are making efforts to settle the dispute related to federalism and forms of governance—the key disputed issues in the constitution writing process .

UNF Chairman Gopal Kirati said in a statement  on Saturday that it is their demand that the parties address the aspirations of Dalits, Janajatis, and other marginalised groups through the constitution.

The front plans to organise various programmes to publicise their campaign and submit letters to the political parties, including the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, to inform about their demand until November. It has announced a series of demonstrations in the months of December and January.

UNF has warned of strike if the new constitution is issued without the provision of identity-based federalism.

The UCPN (Maoist) has been proposing for a 10-state federal model based on ethnic identity, while the other parties have been advocating for seven provinces.

Kirati said the chances of promulgation of identity-based federalism appear slim as there is domination of “status quoist” parties like NC and CPN-UML. He added that their campaign will continue until the date of the constitution promulgation. “We will not accept the constitution if it does not embrace the aspirations for change,” Kirati said.

Published: 07-09-2014 09:20

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