HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
NUWAKOT: Nepali Congress central committee member Arjun Narsingh KC today ruled out understanding among political parties on federating the country on single identity basis.
At an interaction at Bidur in Nuwakot organised by Nepal Press Council, KC said possibility of an agreement on single identity-based federalism was impossible as such a move would invite ethnic and regional conflict in the country. “What the Unified CPN-Maoist and Madhes-based parties are pitching for — pradeshes based on single identity — is neither practical nor viable; and NC will never agree to such a proposal,” said KC.
“If the UCPN-M agrees to the NC-floated idea of federating the states on the basis of multi-ethnicity, consensus is possible among parties. If the debate cannot be settled through dialogue among parties, then why not go for referendum.”
The Nepali Congress leader said consensus was the only way to get a new constitution and that without consensus, a statute was impossible even if the country went to vote 10 times.
“The government and parties in the government should work to forge consensus on disputed issues and then the country should go for elections,” said KC.
Arguing that the President is the guardian and protector of the constitution, KC urged the government not to drag him into unnecessary controversy.