'Ethno-federalism not accepted'
Added At: 2012-04-19 11:14 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-19 11:14 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
PHIDIM: CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal today said he was against ethnicity-based federalism at it would have a negative impact on harmonious co-existence of various communities.
Speaking to Panchthar locals on a radio programme aired by Phidim-based Singhalila FM today, Khanal said restructuring the state on the basis of ethnicity could have adverse effect on religious tolerance and unity among the people. “Federalism should be based on economic viability and geography,” said Khanal citing the example of Switzerland. “There are 26 states in Switzerland, which is smaller than Nepal. But states are not delineated on the basis ethnicity.”
He said that as Nepal is home to more than 103 ethnic groups, an equal number of states would have to be formed if all the groups are to get their own states.
This, he said, was beyond imagination for a small economy like Nepal. However, he said federalism is what the country needs. “If the state is not restructured properly, the country can meet with an accident,” said Khanal.
The UML chief said 90 per cent of the work on drafting of the constitution was over and added that issues of women, children, ethnic groups and Dalits would be addressed in the new constitution.