Pro-Limbuwan party warns of protests

- MADHAB RAJ GHIMIRE, BIRATNAGAR

Jul 10, 2015-

The Sanghiya Limbuwan Party, which has been demanding a separate Limbuwan province, has expressed its dissatisfaction over the preliminary draft of the constitution accusing major parties of taking the decision without consulting federalist forces in the country.

The party’s Chairman Kumar Lingden termed the Constituent Assembly’s decision to delegate the naming and demarcation of federal provinces to a separate commission by arbitrarily fixing the number “inappropriate”.

The party, formed by merging five separate organisations fighting for a Limbuwan province incorporating nine districts in the east, has blamed the ruling forces for disregarding their demand. Lingden said a conspiracy is being hatched to split Tarai areas from Limbuwan. “We will not tolerate the draft which prepared as per the 16-point agreement and is prejudiced towards indigenous communities,” he said.

Leaders said there have been several rounds of discussions within party to decide on the modality of protests against the draft constitution. A section within the party is in favour of peaceful demonstration while others want the protests to be aggressive. Supreme leader of the party Sanjuhang Palungwa is in favour of creating a parallel government as part of the protests while Lingden is for peaceful demonstrations. Bhawani Baral who is an expert on Limbuwan politics said the debate inside the party can hamper its programmes.

Published: 11-07-2015 09:29

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