Monday, 2nd March 2015

CA meeting: Lawmakers against ethnicity-based federal structure

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Majority of the CA members speaking at the meeting of the Constituent Assembly on Thursday emphasized on the need of developing a federal system unique to Nepal and not based on ethnic and regional ground.

Expressing their views on the report of the CA Committee on Constitutional Archives Study and Determination on the agreed and disputed issues in then CA Committee on Restructuring of the State and Distribution of State Power, they said that federalism should not be a basis for disintegration but promoting unity and consensus in the country.

Arguing that the effort was in fact to decentralize a highly centralized State, they said dividing people on the basis of ethnic lines would not do good for the nation.

They emphasized on the need to seek out ways to ensure that federalism does not turn out to be a curse by promoting divisions based on ethnicity.

The CA members also pointed out to the fact that federalism was in fact one of the reasons behind the failure of the first CA to draft the new constitution, and stressed on federating states based on multi-identity.

Majority support was also expressed in favour of a few number of federal units without compromising on the basic principles of democracy.

Those taking part in the discussion today were CA members Sher Bahadur Deuba, Yuba Raj Gyawali, Haribol Gajurel, Dr Shivaji Yadav, Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Dr Shekhar Koirala, Pushpa Lata Lama, Mohammad Mansoor, Man Prasad Gharti, Gauri Kumari Oli, Raju Khanal, Ranju Kumari Jha, Babita Moktan Lawoti and Jagdish Narsingh KC.



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