Kathmandu, February 2:
Speakers at a mass meeting held here today warned political parties that they might face peopleâ€™s wrath if they continued ignoring concerns of the indigenous communities, Dalits and the disadvantaged groups.
Earlier, members of various organisations affiliated to indigenous groups had taken out a rally from Basantapur Dabali. The rally converged into a mass meeting at Basantapur Dabali after passing through Sundhara and Ason. The rally was taken out to press the government to guarantee proportionate representation in CA polls.
Demanding that provisions in the interim constitution, which are against the interests of the indigenous nationalities, Madhesis, Dalits and women, be scrapped, Dr Om Gurung,
consultant at the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), said, â€œAll concerns
of the NEFIN have been excluded from the interim constitution.â€ He demanded that the interim constitution be amended immediately.
Gurung added, â€œThe talks proposal from the government is appreciable, but the committee formed under the coordination of Mahantha Thakur cannot solve the Terai crisis.â€
â€œHome Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula or Prime Minister GP Koirala should come for talk to solve the Terai crisisâ€. â€œUntil there is any minister from the indigenous nationalities, the issues of indigenous people are not going to be solved.â€
Bairagi Kaila, researcher and expert, said, â€œThe elected people from various parties will not represent the indigenous people because they will follow their partiesâ€™ principles. There should be representation of people from indigenous nationalities to address problems of the indigenous people.â€
Padma Ratna Tuladhar, a member of the civil society, said, â€œThe Terai movement is a national movement launched for the betterment of those people ignored by the parties and the government.â€