HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
CHARIKOT: CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel today said he was against ethnicity-based federalism as the idea, if put into practice, could trigger ethnic tensions in the country.
Pokharel’s comment comes at a time when Unified CPN-Maoist has proposed a 10-state model on the basis of ethnicity.
The UML senior leader, inaugurating the party’s Bhimeshwor Municipality Committee’s fifth conference, said,” Though the Maoist party has taken a stand on ethnicity-based federalism, it won’t be implemented at any cost.”
Further, reiterating his
party’s stance that boundaries of states should be drawn taking into account their capacity and identity. He argued that a directly elected executive chief (Prime Minister) and a ceremonial President as the supreme commander army was what the country needed.
Pokharel, commenting on Maoist leaders’ lobbying for top posts in the Nepali army for combatants, said the fighters will be integrated and given berths only on the basis of their personal qualification. Coming down heavily on the Maoist party for proposing amnesty to perpetrators of serious crimes during the insurgency, he said criminals should be brought to book. “The Maoists are reluctant to conclude the peace process. We now doubt that the constitution will be promulgated on time,” said he.