Madhesi parties in Nepal to join Federal Democrati

A grouping of Madhesi parties has decided to form an alliance to reach a consensus on drafting a new Constitution.

Kathmandu: A grouping of the Madhesi parties in Nepal has decided to form an alliance with the ruling Maoists and other fringe political groups to reach a consensus on drafting a new Constitution based on federalism.

A meeting of the Joint Democratic Madhesi Front, the grouping of five Madhesi parties, has decided to join the proposed Federal Democratic Alliance, said Health Minister Rajendra Mahato, also the President of Sadbhawana Party.

There will be some 20 to 21 parties in the front, whose aim is to draft an ethnic identity based constitution, he told a news agency after a two-day meeting of the front concluded on Monday.

The alliance is being formed for ensuring promulgation of federal democratic Constitution, he said.

"We are committed to drafting a constitution based on federal structure and federalism with ethnic identity and rights," he said.

To a question, he said that Nepali Congress and CPN-UML may join the alliance if they are committed to ethnic identity based federalism.

The Constitution drafting process was halted in May after the political parties had differences over the issue of whether to draft the constitution based on ethnic identity based federalism or not.

All pro-federalism parties may join the alliance, he added.

He said if parties forge consensus on the federal structure the constitution can be promulgated by reinstating the Constituent Assembly for a brief period.

If parties don`t agree on that fresh election for Constituent Assembly is must, he said.

He also said that a non-political neutral government may be formed for holding new election, if parties failed to forge consensus on naming a common candidate to head the national government.

The present political crisis cannot be resolved without forging consensus among the political parties on two key issues: formation of a national government and drafting the constitution, he said.


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