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‘Don’t doubt inclusiveness of the new constitution’

Himalayan News Service
Bhim Bahadur Rawal

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Bhim Bahadur Rawal, speaking with journalists at the Reporters’ Club, in Kathmandu, on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Photo: Reporters’ Club

Dadeldhura, April 21

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Bhim Rawal has urged all and sundry not to doubt the inclusiveness of the new constitution.

Inaugurating the sixth municipal convention of CPN-UML in Dhadeldhura today, DPM Rawal, who is also a CPN-UML leader, dismissed rumours being spread against the new constitution.

“How can anyone call the statute non-inclusive when it was ratified by 90 per cent of the lawmakers, including a majority of lawmakers representing the Madhesi, indigenous and Dalit communities?” Rawal questioned.

On a different note, he claimed that the far-western region would not be split on any pretext. “The far-west remained integrated in the past and so it would remain in future,” he argued, taking a dig at the demand of Madhesi leaders that Kailali and Kanchanpur be split from the region.

“In fact, they are the people who have very little knowledge about the region.

How reasonable is it for them to decide the fate of this region and the people here by seeking to separate the two districts from the region?” he questioned.

DPM Rawal also claimed that the government had begun concrete initiatives for the development of the district. “Now that we have our charter, it’s high time we focused on development.

The government is doing all it can in this regard and expects everyone’s support,” he said.

Later in the day, the minister also reached Ugratara Higher Secondary School of Amargadhi’s Pokhara Bazaar and distributed free books to children.

A version of this article appears in print on April 22, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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