Madhesi, Caucus lawmakers to press for single identity-based federalism

KATHMANDU, May 10: Lawmakers from Madhes-based parties and ethnic and other minority communities on Thursday vowed to stay united for restructuring the state based on one-caste identity, while adopting federalism in the new constitution.

A meeting of lawmakers from United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), the Caucus– a cross-party grouping of lawmakers belonging to various ethnic communities—and minority communities including the Muslim and the Dalit decided to make joint efforts to press for federalism based on single ethnic-identity.

The lawmakers have said they would hold firm to their stance on single identity-based state restructuring in line with the earlier report by the committee on state restructuring and distribution of state powers and that by the majority members of the state restructuring commission.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the lawmakers have also asked the Constituent Assembly (CA) chairman to initiate procedure as per CA regulations for settling the remaining disputes issues of constitution writing.

The lawmakers have expressed concerns over the burning down of a Tharu museum during recent stirs in the western Tarai region and have made an appeal to all agitating groups to keep restraint for communal harmony.

Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, chairman of Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Democratic, one of the five constituent parties in UDMF, Rajendra Mahato, chairman of Sadbhawana Party, Dev Gurung, a UCPN (Maoist) leader, Prithvi Subba Gurung, Caucus coordinator and Jip Tsering Lama Sherpa, an NC leader, are among the 35 lawmakers, who have signed the statement.REPUBLICA

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