Attempts made to foment communalism and regionalism: UML Chair Oli

Kathmandu, April 1: CPN (UML) chairman KP Oli has said attempts were being made by different forces to foment communalism and regionalism in the country instead of promoting patriotism. 

Addressing a colloquium on 'Present Constitution and Nationalism' organised by the Centre for Contemporary Studies here today, former Prime Minister Oli opined that the feeling of nationalism was needed at present since attempts have been made from different quarters to foment casteist, territorial and regional sentiments among the people.

The chairman of the main opposition party also said that no compromise of any sort could be made when it comes to the topic of nationality and called on all the political parties to be one on this issue. He added that now the true nationalism was seen among the general public while the political parties were putting the party interests above national interest.

Stating problems were mounting in the country due to the absence of the rule of law, UML Chair Oli claimed all the problems could be resolved within two years if the rule of law was established and followed.
He said the rule of law could be established through the effective implementation of the constitution.
Leader Oli also viewed that the country's problems were worsened from within the country rather than outside.

He stressed that election was necessary at present rather than constitution amendment.  UML vice-chairman Bhim Rawal on the occasion alleged that some forces were trying to take the country on the brink of communal strife by raising the issue of ethnic nationality.

UML leader Lal Babu Pandit warned that Nepal's nationality might be at risk as the top leaders were not committed to protecting the pan-Nepali nationalism.  Lawyer Bishwakanta Mainali said the country's nationality could be protected only by holding the three-tier elections.

Chief of the Tribhuvan University, Department of International Relations and Diplomacy Dr Khadga KC presented a working paper on the theme of political development and nationality in Nepal, which recommends that nationality could be strengthened by building a roboust economy