Kathmandu, May 26
A day before the expiry of Constituent Assembly term, different groups took to the streets Saturday demanding and opposing the ethnicity based federalism.
When different Janjati groups gathered at New Baneshwore to exert pressure on the CA members to promulgate a constitution including ethnicity based federalism, the Joint Struggle Committee for National Integrity and Communal Harmony Saturday organized a vigil at the Open Theatre claiming that the state restructuring should not be done on the basis of ethnicity.
A small group of youths also paraded from New Baneshwore to Maitighar stating that ethnicity based federalism would do only harm to the country.
Due to the rallies and mass meetings, the traffic system was disturbed throughout the day. A few
schools which were opened today found it difficult to send their students home in the school buses.
Addressing the Open Theatre meeting, the speakers said that the provinces should not be given ethnic names and said that such names would result in the disintegration of the country. Chairman of the committee Prof. Dr. Dil Bahadur Kshetri said that they would not accept disintegration of the country and ethnicity at any cost.
"The leaders are raising the communal slogans at the instructions of their foreign masters and UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachnda’ instigated the Janajatis to gain popularity," Dr. Khatri said.
He said it was wrong to claim that all ethnic groups would be identified by ensuring the identity of only seven ethnic groups. It is wrong to say that the Aryans were not indigenous people of Nepal, he said.
"Khas people have been living in Nepal since ancient times, therefore they are also indigenous people," he said adding, that most of the Janajtis were also against ethnicity based federalism.
Spokesperson of the committee Kumar Khadka asked what the identity of 111 ethnic groups would be like when only seven out of 118 groups were recognized for their unique identity.
Chairman of Brahman Society Narayan Prasad Adhikari, the chairman of Thakuri Society and others also addressed the gathering.