‘Constitution amendment will be major agenda in FSF-N’s election manifesto’

Kathmandu, November 12

Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum Nepal is launching its election manifesto tomorrow with major focus on amendment of the constitution.

Party Co-chair Rajendra Shrestha who heads the Manifesto Drafting Committee of the party said his party would mainly solicit votes to amend the constitution so as to end all kinds of discrimination against marginalised communities. He said the party would also solicit votes to promote the idea of identity-based federalism.

Stating that the new constitution lacked broad acceptance, Shrestha said his party had viewed elections as a political fight to rewrite and amend the constitution. Shrestha said his party would also focus on inclusive growth besides identity-based federalism. “The demand for identity-based federalism was put forth by oppressed nationalities of the country,” Shrestha said, and added that the party’s manifesto would also give slogan of 10 territorial and one non-territorial province as suggested by the erstwhile State Restricting Commission.

Shrestha said his party was in favour of spurring the process of industrialisation in the country on the basis of national capital.

Shrestha said his party would champion the cause of directly elected president and chief ministers and chiefs of local bodies.

The FSF-N will also give slogan of fully proportional electoral system in all kinds of legislative bodies. He said his party was not in favour of seeking the consent of provinces concerned to amend the boundaries of the provinces as this provision was incorporated in the constitution with the view of blocking formation of new provinces and revision in the existing boundaries of the province in the future.

Shrestha said his party would also seek residual powers vested in the province and not in the centre. He said his party would go for proportional representation in all organs of the state.

He also said his party would launch a joint manifesto with the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal in Province-2, where the FSF-N had forged an electoral alliance with the RJP-N. “We never said that we are going to launch a common manifesto with RJP-N for all the provinces. We have electoral alliance with the RJP-N in Province-2 where we will launch a common manifesto as we have done with the Nepali Congress in Bhojpur and Sunsari districts with whom we have forged electoral alliance in those districts,” he added.

RJP-N leader Ram Naresh Ray said the party was in the process of finalising its manifesto, but people of Madhes knew well what the party’s major agenda were.

“Our voters know that our major demand is to amend the constitution and revise provincial boundaries. We want proportional inclusion of marginalised communities in all state organs,” he said, “Nowhere in the world does the ruling community get reservation, but in Nepal, the Khas Arya community which overly represents in state organs also gets reservation.”