Maoists Declare Four New States in Nepal
Posted by Ka Frank on December 14, 2009
Nepal News, December 13, 2009
Maoist defiance continues, declares two more states
The Unified CPN (Maoist) on Sunday declared Seti-Mahakali and Tharuwan autonomous states. [The Tharus are Nepal’s fourth largest indigenous group.They occupy Nepal’s lowland region with nearly seven per cent of the population.]
Despite the national and international concerns over their move, the two autonomous states were declared as part of the former rebel party’s third round of protests and comes two days after the party declared Kochila and Limbuwan autonomous states in eastern Nepal.
The Maoists declared five districts in western Terai as Tharuwan autonomous state amidst a huge gathering of party cadres and supporters in Nepalgunj of Banke district. Maoist party secretary C.P Gajurel was among the senior party members who addressed the programme.
The Tharu ethnic community form the majority in the region. Similarly, the Maoists also declared Seti-Mahakali autonomous state – which comprises hilly districts of far-west – in Dhangadi of Kailali district. Maoist leader Lilamani Pokharel addressed the function attended by large number of Maoist activists and supporters.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had said the Maoist decision to declare federal states would invite political confrontation and urged the Maoists to withdraw the decision if they wanted timely drafting of constitution.
Similarly, Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha (TKS), a semi-political organization working for the welfare of Tharu community, has raised objection over declaration of federal states by the Unified CPN (Maoist). Issuing a statement on Saturday, TKS general secretary Raj Kumar Lekhi said the Maoists undermined the Constituent Assembly by declaring states, and without considering the concerns of indigenous communities.
A meeting of the Maoist central committee last week had decided to go ahead with its previously announced plan of declaring autonomous states. The Maoists had on Nov 25 unveiled its plan to declare 13 autonomous states based on ethnicity and region within Dec 11-18.
Various political parties have also expressed their objection to the Maoist move, saying that it undermines the supremacy as well as the significance of the Constituent Assembly (CA) itself.