Janamorcha begins e-voting on federalism

KATHMANDU: Rastriya Janamorcha -- the only party which has long been advocating against federalism --has set in motion an electronic voting system to collect people's opinion on federalism.

Party's chairman Chitra Bahadur KC today inaugurated the e-voting by sending SMS from his cellphone casting his vote against federalism during a press conference organised at Reporters' Club.

According to KC, people can express their views for or against federalism simply by SMSing to 5432 by typing sanghiyata followed by 'yes' or 'no' on the space available. He also said the result can be viewed instantly after sending the text message on the website www.sanghiyata.org.

KC said the Chhetris and Brahmins have begun to raise voices of dissent against federalism. “They have now understood the consequences of federalism but many people are still in the dark,” he said, adding, "This is why we have begun this e-voting using the latest technology to collect public opinion on federalism."

The party has been clamouring for a 'unitary republican system with autonomous local bodies'. "Nation should go for decentralisation instead of federalism," KC argued.

Referring to the recent expulsion of former education minister Ram Chandra Kushwah from the ministry, he said that the government was under intense pressure from the donor countries to do so since it had nothing left of its own to decide on.