HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Madhesi, Indigenous groups, women, Muslims, Dalits and disadvantaged groups have warned political parties that they will reject the new constitution if it is promulgated without encorporating the ideals of federalism, ethnic identity and rights.
They voiced their demand in one voice at a programme here in capital.
A constitution without federalism is unimaginable, if it is written without taking into account their demand that would be destructive and the three political parties would be accountable for the consequences, said Co-chairman of Rastriya Sadbhavana Party Laxman Lal Karna.
President of Federation of Indigenous Nepal Raj Kumar Lekhi said there should be multi-province merging Himal, Hill and Terai. He smelt a conspiracy was being hatched by main parties along the lines of Chitra Bahadur KC and Kamal Thapa.
Rights activist Malla K Sundar warned the constitution would be burned if it comes without recognition of ethnic identity. CA member Kalpana Rana demanded half the parliament seats for women, whatever electoral system was adopted. CA Members from the Muslim Community demanded special privileges for Muslims like other disadvantaged communities.
Rijwan Ansari, Najir Miya, Islam Hawari, activist Sadrul Miyahak, chairman of Nepal Muslim Union Abdul Satar were present at the programme.