HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DAMAK: Leaders of various political parties today demanded a Limbuwan state comprising nine districts to the east of Arun Valley.
Leaders from UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML, speaking at a mass gathering in Jhapa, said their demand was based on geographical reasons, rather than on ethnicity.
CPN-UML politburo member and coordinator of local struggle committee Bijay Subba said the history of the area demands that it be declared a Limubuwan state. “There is ethnic discrimination inside political parties and I am a victim of such discrimination.”
He said that he was promoting the agenda of Limbuwan strongly after his party failed to protect his own rights.
UCPN-Maoist CA member Biswodip Lingden said federalism should guarantee rights of people belonging to various castes, groups, ethnic communities and religion. “It is essential to protect the rights of all to institutionalise the achievements of the people’s movement,” held Lingden.
UCPN-Maoist central leader Dharmachandra Lawoti alleged that some elements were trying to sow the seeds of ethnic discord in the country.
Federal Limbuwan State Council chairman Kumar Lingden made it clear that demand for a Limbuwan state was not based on ethnicity. “Limbuwan has its roots in history,” said Lingden caling on all not to give the demands ethnic colours.