KATHMANDU: While the issue of federalism is dominating the inter-party negotiations over the new constitution, one of the key negotiators, Chairman of the CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal has stated that federating the country on the basis of ethnic-identity would weaken the nationalism and national culture.
“The issue of carving out federal states is a serious aspect of state reconstructing and we will soon reach to an understanding on nomenclature, number and boundaries of federal states through consensus and compromises,” said former PM Khanal while talking to a delegation of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities on Sunday.
A group of indigenous nationalities had reached to Khanal’s residence to submit a memorandum in a bid to pressurise the political parties to take their concerns of ethnic identity-based federalism into account while promulgating a new statute.
But Khanal urged them to abandon their stance over the federalism, sources confirmed.
UML has stood in favour of restructuring the state as per the identity and aptitude.
Earlier, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities had submitted memorandum to UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress(NC) Sushil Koirala.