Lawmakers warn of three-front protest for Dalits' rights in statute

KATHMANDU: Dalit lawmakers including those representing ruling parties have warned of launching stern protests demanding assurance of their rights in the new constitution.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters' Club in the Capital today, they warned protests at three fronts, namely in the Constituent Assembly (CA), in their respective parties and on the streets.

Nepali Congress Central Working Committee member and lawmaker Man Bahadur Bishwokarma said around 40 lawmakers representing various political parties would be involved in the pressure movement.

Lawmakers from the community are even ready to leave the CA if the constitution fails to include their rights, he warned.

Another NC lawmaker Min Bahadur Bishwokarma commented that the draft constitution has become the 'document of none' while trying to make it the 'document of all'.

Speaking at the function, CPN-UML lawmaker Jitu Gautam said the Dalit leaders would lobby at the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, the Constitution Drafting Committee and the CA for assurance of their rights in the statute.

Expressing a hope that their advocacy would product results, Gautam, however, maintained that protests would be option-less if the concerns were not addressed.

Likewise, Gopal Dahit of the Tharuhat Tarai Party warned of blocking the CPDCC meeting.