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ANALYSIS: After regional parties, Nepal to have ethnic party too now

CHITRA RAJ BHANDARI, KATHMANDU: Various regional parties sprouted in Nepal after the success of the great Janadolan-II in Nepal. These parties explicitly advocated the rights of the regions which they represented. Though started by leaders of the Madhesh community, it had later on caught popularity in the hills as well.

Though these regional parties failed to draft the constitution in dissolved Constituent Assembly, they nevertheless were able to secure plum post in most of the government that formed during the term of CA. Of them, the Madhesh centric parties benefitted the most. But now Nepal is gearing up for ethnic-centric parties.

Major agenda of this proposed party would be to secure the rights of all indigenous nationality, dalits, muslims, madheshis and other oppressed community members across the country.

Senior activist and leaders of the indigenous nationality movement in Nepal have decided to open a new party to secure ethnic federalism in the new constitution.

The national conference of indigenous nationality community members in Kathmandu took the decision to the effect claiming that leading political parties including the Maoist, Nepali Congress and UML was dominated by anti-federalist ideological thoughts.

Concluding that the ethnic federalism could not be institutionalized without a new political forces explicitly fighting for the rights of indigenous nationality groups and other oppressed sections of the community, the conclave endorsed the NEFIN chairman Raj Kumar Lekhi’s proposal to form a new political forces.

The new party will comprise of leaders and members belonging to indigenous, nationalities, muslim, dalits, and other oppressed community members presently affiliated to various political parties.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Chaitanya Subba, Dr. Krishna Subba, Dr Om Gurung, Balkrishna Mabuhang, Parshuram Tamang, and former NC lawmaker Indra Bahadur Gurung among others.

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