HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The central committee meeting of CPN-UML, held today, took up the issue of federalism and forms of governance, a day after the UCPN-Maoist floated a proposal to establish 10 federal units based on ethnic identity.
Most of the CC members, who spoke during today’s meeting, proposed seven federal units taking identity and economic capability into account, said Krishna Gopal Shrestha, a participant. The CC members held that nomenclature of federal units should be acceptable to all communities and must be based on history, culture and geography.
Emerging from the four-party meeting on Constituent Assembly premises, UML leader Madhav Nepal said his party would discuss federalism and forms of governance in the ‘emergency’ central committee meeting.
Most of the CC members criticised the proposed 385-member federal Parliament (325-member Lower House and 60-member Upper House), saying that the number was too high to manage and, if the proposed number is accepted, the constituencies of the federal Parliament would be smaller than those of the Pradesh Sabha.
To counter the proposed 385-member federal Parliament, UML CC members proposed that strength of the federal Parliament be reduced to 265.
On forms of governance, the meeting, according to Shrestha reinforced the need to go for directly-elected executive prime minister –– accountable to the Parliament, ceremonial president –– elected by the federal Parliament.