KATHMANDU, June 26: Twenty-four district chiefs of CPN-UML on Monday warned the party´s dissident groups that any other course of action will have direct consequences for the party, people, country as well as themselves.
They have jointly urged the party´s dissident groups to struggle to get their demands fulfilled from within the party in accordance with party discipline and policies.
"We urge the leaders from dissident groups not to go against the party´s rules and procedures and not to take any step against party interest," stated a joint statement issued by the 24 district chiefs. They said there is no need to take confrontational course against the leadership as the party´s central committee has already come up with the party´s official position on state restructuring and the issue of identity. They said further improvements can be made to the proposal endorsed by the central committee.
The district chiefs from ethnic, indigenous and Madhesi communities had gathered in Kathmandu some three weeks ago after party vice-chairman Ashok Rai and some other influential leaders from Madhesi, ethnic and indigenous communities boycotted party meetings and other events to press their demand for ethnicity-based federalism. During their stay in Kathmandu for three weeks, they played a mediating role between the dissident group and the party´s top leadership. Those involved in the campaign are Sherdhan Rai from Bhojpur, Parbhat Gurung from Dolakha, Rajendra Rai from Dhankuta and Yagyaraj Sunuwar from Okhaldhunga among others.
"Under our pressure, the party convened a national conclave of party representatives and sought their feedbacks on delineation and naming of provinces and the central committee, subsequently, has now come up with a clear model of federalism with a commitment to delineating and naming provinces based on multiple-ethnic identities," read the statement.
The district chiefs also appreciated the party leadership for undergoing self-criticism for its failure to come up with party´s official position on state restructuring in time and its failure to seek feedbacks on federalism from party representatives from across the country.
"Also, the party has formed a taskforce for the purpose of reviewing the party activities and its role right from the CA election [in 2008] to the CA dissolution," they said.