Limbuwan groups come together, Khambuwans fail

TEHRATHUM/DHARAN: District committees of the Limbuwan Rajya Parishad (LRP) aligned to the Sangiya Loktantrik Rastriya Manch and Federal Limbuwan State Council-Palungwa Group today announced unification.

Organising a press meet in Myanglung, Tehrathum, chairmen of both the organisations declared the merger.

According to LRP district chairman Deu Narayan Sambahamphe, the groups were unified under the Limbuwan Rajya Parishad.

District chairman of the other group Prem Tumbahamphe said the unification of Limbuwan organisations was necessary.

According to a press release, Tumbahamphe will be included in the central council and other district leaders in the district committee of the LRP respectively.

The sister wings of the organisations will also be unified in the district level.

However efforts for unification of the Khambuwan National Forum (KNF) and Khambuwan Democratic Front (KDF) in the eastern hilly districts have failed.

KNF chairman Sngam Kirati and member Jagan Kirati had arranged high-level discussions of both the organisations yesterday and today in Dharan.

The leaders failed to reach an agreement on unification.

KNF secretary-general Uttar Khambu and KDF secretary-general Khibahang Rai had led the talks team respectively.

A member of the talks team said that the unification failed as the leaders accused each other instead of forging consensus.

He also said that if the unification was not possible, another Khambuwan organisation would be formed and the current members of both the organisations will not be inducted in the new body.

He also alleged that leaders were running after posts and money (donation) instead of working for the state.

However, members of the talks teams have said that though the attempt of the unification failed twice, they will make a last effort once again.