KATHMANDU: An agreement reached among three major political parties- UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML on 11-pradesh model federalism has drawn an adverse criticism from different Madhes-based political parties, and ethnic/indigenous groups.
The ruling United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF)- an alliance of five Madhes-based parties and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) have objected the agreement calling it as an attempt to foil the idea of ethnicity-based federalism.
UDMF has appealed to all marginalized communities to fight for identity-based federalism.
Meanwhile, NEFIN has also unveiled its protest programmes against the three-party deal on federalism.
“We are all set to organise a whistle rally from Old Baneshwor to the building of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and gherao the CA for ethnicity-based federalism,” reads the press statement issued by NEFIN on Wednesday.
The three parties on Tuesday reached an agreement on 11-pradesh model federalism but without mentioning names and boundaries of the federal units to be carved out.
Similarly, Broader Madhesi Front (BMF), an alliance of cross-party Madhesi lawmakers, has termed the deal as being against the spirit of the state restructuring and against the past pacts reached between Madhesi parties and governments.