KATHMANDU — Various dalit leaders of political parties have underscored the need of giving tickets to the people from the dalit community to contest the second phase of the House of Representatives and State Assembly elections scheduled for December 7.
Speaking in the interaction programme on ‘Dalit Representation in the Upcoming Elections: Opportunity and Challenge’, organized by the Federation of Dalit Women (FEDO) here on Friday, they said they too have made contribution to their respective parties and were therefore fit to contest the elections under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system and not only on dalit quota. They urged their respective political parties to give them tickets to contest the elections under the FPTP category.
There were 50 representatives from the dalit community in the first Constituent Assembly and 40 in the second Constituent Assembly. The dalits have been marginalized from the economic, social and cultural aspects for centuries.
Nepali Congress central committee member and former lawmaker Jeevan Pariyar spoke of the need of launching a joint dalit struggle for amending the constitution, the laws and the election system for ensuring a meaningful participation of the dalits.
CPN (Maoist Centre) secretariat member Tilak Pariyar said that initiatives are being taken within the party to for increasing the dalits’ participation in the House of Representatives and State Assemblies.
CPN (UML) leader Jeetu Gautam stressed the need of putting to an end the practice, of late, of only those people who have money and access to top leaders getting the ticket from the party to run in the election.
Joint coordinator of the Durga Sob, former lawmaker Teku Nepali and dalit rights activists Bhakta Bishwakarma, Moti Nepali, Chakra Bishwakarma and chairperson of FEDO, Kala Swarnakar stressed on the need of a joint movement for securing more rights for the dalits. RSS