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No backtracking from federalism: NC President Deuba


Bhishma Raj Ojha, KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said Nepal could not backtrack from federalism because it had already been put in place. As federalism is a new system for Nepal, debate and discussion need to be whetted on how it could be made effective, he added.
At a talk programme on ‘challenges of implementation of federalism’ organized by NC Central Policy, Research and Training Academy on here Thursday, President Deuba said, “Only Singh Durbar can not ensure holistic development no do justice to the country. With this argument, federalism was introduced. The major function of the federalism is to devolve the authority from Singha Durbar to State and local levels.”
The participation of local people in development process ensure their rights in the federalism, he said, adding that interrelation and cooperation among the federal, State and local government was imperative for the success of federalism.
He accused the present budget of ignoring and disrespecting federalism. “Chief Ministers from the same ruling party have complained of getting deprived of their rights. So, this government is not for federalism,” he underscored.
The former prime minister also argued that the government was making overture to seize the local level’s authority in the centre. The State and local levels should be given rights to exercise authority in federalism, he reiterated. As he said, the NC was effortful to implement federalism.
NC President reminded that as the King did not worked in line with democracy, the monarchy was abolished. Time may come for NC to wage struggle against this government’s effort of enfeebling democracy and federalism, he asserted.
On the occasion, Party Vice President and Academy Chairman Bimalendra Nidhi viewed that federalism is the democratic model of governance and Nepal’s federalism was led by NC. So, NC’s role is imperative to make the federalism successful.
He claimed that the government activates were against the spirit of the federalism. General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka said that the country was moving ahead following the road map of NC leader BP Koirala adding that the constituent assembly (CA) had promulgated the constitution as per the BP Koirala’s though expressed in 2007 BS.
Similarly, speaking in the same programme, NC leader Dr Arju Deuba argued that the incumbent government failed to meet the aspiration of the people and expedite the developmental projects. She also suggested the government working with meeting the aspiration of the people.
Prof Dr Lokraj Barala, had presented the working paper on challenges of implementation of the federalism. Senior advocate Dr Surya Dhungel had highlighted the importance of the programme.
NC is launching various programme across the country since May 28, 29 and 30 on the occasion of Republic day. RSS

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