Kathmandu,5 March 2015: CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Thursday underlined his party’s stance that the efforts to separate Terai from the hilly region of the country in name of federalism were ‘anti-nationalist’.
Attending the 16th Yudha Smriti Day and a journalism award distribution programme established by the Yudha Smriti Pratisthan here on Thursday, Chairman Oli said his party would never abandon nationality and democratic values while reasserting party’s position on pushing for a consensus for constitution making.
He also pointed out the process underway at the Constituent Assembly were a mere ‘legal process’ for constitution writing. Chairman Oli said the rumours that constitution could not be drafted from majority process were baseless.
Nepali Congress and UML have been urging UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance not to leave the CA but return to negotiation, Oli said, adding that he was surprised by the remarks of some intellectuals that the ruling parties were responsible for deteriorating the favourable condition for dialogue.
“The UCPN (Maoist) which came from the violent politics became the largest party in the first CA â€“ the people will not repeat the same mistake again,” he said.
At the programme, a journalism award established in the memory of late UML leader Yudha Kumar Gautam carrying the cash prize of Rs 15,000 was conferred on Annapurna Post’s senior reporter Balkumar Nepal.
UML candidate during the Parliamentary Election in 2056 BS from Rukum constituency-2 and party district secretary Yudha Kumar Gautam was murdered at Garayala of the district by the then CPN (Maoist) activists.