Tamangs to protest federal structure

KATHMANDU: The Unified Tamang National Liberation Front-Nepal has announced a struggle plan against what they called the "erroneous" demarcation of Tamsaling State by the Constituent Assembly committee on state restructuring.

At a press conference here today, Surya Man Dong, president of the UTNLF, said, "The demarcation of the 14 states by the CA has split the Tamsaling state." He said the eastern parts of Ramechhap, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts have been demarcated as Sunkoshi State and some parts of Dhading and Makwanpur districts have been termed the Narayani state. "We condemn this kind of carving though the structure of 14 states is theoretically correct," he said.

Dong claimed that the nine districts of Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Kavre, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Makwanpur, and Dhading and the adjoining Tamang dominated areas should be included in the Tamsaling State. "If this error is not corrected we will come up with strong movement," he said.

The UTNLF has said it would take action against those who oppose the integrated Tamsaling State.

"During the first phase of our protest programme we would smear tar on faces of those against the integrated Tamsaling state besides other forms of action," Dong said.