With Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Unified Maoists’ Party proposing formation of ten states as against the so-called deal reached between major parties during luxurious Hattiban gathering with State loot, the Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninists have separately but yet proposed formation of seven states.
There remains mere 30 days to promulgate the new constitution.
Whereas Nepali Congress held a meeting of its parliamentary delegation inside the CA premises, the UML through an emergency meeting of its central committee had forwarded the proposal. The UML had held its meeting at the party headquarters in Balkhu.
The Nepali Congress is of the view that states should be formed on the basis of their potential, identity and geographical feasibility. The party however, remains undecided- as is usual with it, over the names of the proposed states. Smartly, the NC claims that the states itself should be allowed to name themselves.
What an idea! What about allowing the mass in naming the States for themselves?
Critics have it that this indecisiveness of the Nepali Congress has pushed the country to the brink of collapse. Needless to say, the NC is decaying fast.
The NC proposal interestingly retains the present demarcation of districts.
“The seven states proposed by the party retain the present 75 district framework and takes into account ethnicity, geographical feasibility, culture and language”, claims Arjun Nar Singh K.C of NC and states adding, “The state parliaments have been provided with the right to choose appropriate names for themselves.”
The UML CC meeting was presided over by Chairman Jhalanath Khanal. Khanal told the gathering that parties including Unified Maoists’ Party are still mulling over the option of forming seven states.
K.P. Sharma Oli was the first who forcefully forced the idea of seven states. He made it clear that the country cannot withstand more than seven states. Majority of the leaders supported Oli’s view point.
Raghuji Panta told the media that none of the party leaders except few Janajati leaders were in favour of forming states on ethnic background.