KATHMANDU: While the issue of identity-based federalism is dominating the inter-party negotiations over the new constitution, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stated on Thursday morning that his party won’t backtrack from the earlier stance of federating the country into the 14 federal states during the process of state reconstructing.
“There will be no compromise on identity based federalism which is our party’s bottom line and we have proposed 14 federal states in the new constitution ,” said Maoist Chairman while assuring the leaders aligned to Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities that their demands would be addressed in the new constitution.
According to Prachanda, his party would resist any regressive stance from other political parties during negotiations over the federalism.
A group of indigenous nationalities had reached to Dahal’s residence in Lazimpat to submit a memorandum in a bid to pressurise the political parties to take their concerns of ethnic identity-based federalism into account while promulgating a new statute.
Though only 39 days are left to meet the May 27 deadline, parties are yet to agree on nomenclature, number and boundaries of federal states.