Top leaders of major political parties have expressed firm commitment to fulfill the demand of the non-resident Nepalis (NRNs) for dual-citizenship and right to vote in future elections in Nepal.
They gave this assurance during a programme titled “Economic Agenda for a Prosperous Nepal” on the final day of the 6th Global Conference of the Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) held in the capital on Tuesday.
Speaking at the programme, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, Federal Socialist Party Nepal chairman Ashok Rai and Madheshi Janadhikar Forum leader Bharat Bimal Yadav said that the political parties have already agreed to give dual-citizenship to Non Resident Nepalis and only the formality of putting that agreement into papers remains.
NC president Koirala said that his party believes in the motto “once a Nepali, always a Nepali” while UCPN (M) chairman Dahal informed that the cross-party mechanism (High Level Political Committee) has reached a political agreement “to address the demand of NRNs for dual-citizenship by giving continuity to their Nepali citizenship”.
Saying that although they wanted to give the voting rights to NRNs in the November 19 CA election itself, but the plan fell through due to “technical reasons”, the top leaders expressed commitment to afford NRNs that right in the future election in the country.
The top leaders promised that the country would focus its attention on main economic agendas of the country after the CA to be formed after the election delivers the new constitution.
Also speaking at the programme, FSP chief Ashok Rai and MJF leader Bharat Bimal Yadav stressed on the need for the parties to give equal priority to political stability along as well as economic development of the country.
CPN (UML), however, was conspicuous in its absence at the programme as the NRNA leadership expressed sadness over the party not sending their representative to the conference.
At the programme, the NRNA leadership and representatives drew the attention of the top leaders of major political parties towards ending the culture of impunity, holding the country hostage to frequent bandhs (shutdowns) and stressed on the need for good governance and end of higher education cartel.
On Sunday, the NRNA convention elected a new leadership of the umbrella ogranisation representing Nepali dispora under Australian Nepali businessman Shesh Ghale.