HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML Standing Committee today came up with two options on issues of name and number of federal units after bilateral and tri-lateral parleys with UCPN-Maoist and Congress.
UML Secretary Shankar Pokharel said the party was in favour of carving out eight federal units if the parties agreed to have “mixed names” but it would be willing to settle on 11 federal units if all the parties would agree on ‘common names’ for the federal units (Pradeshes).
According to Pokharel, a federal unit can be named after a dominant community of a region along with a common name attached such as Tamuwan-Gandak. Tamuwan is dominant community in the Gandak region and Gandak can address the concerns of non-Tamuwan communities.
The common name of a federal unit, if 11 federal units are endorsed, stands for a common identity of all communities living in the given region.
Pokharel said common names for the proposed federal units would help abate social anxiety and maintain communal harmony.
“If the parties fail to reach understanding on common names of the proposed federal units, it can be left to the elected Pradesh Sabha to decide later.
Multiple sources confirmed the parties had almost reached informal understanding on carving out 11 federal units but were yet to agree on their names.
UCPN-M also floated an 11-federal units seeking to bring the western part on Makwanpur, Chitwan and the eastern part of Nawalparasi from Bardaghat under direct rule of the federal government.