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Nepal Prez’s first address to republic

world Updated: Jul 27, 2008 23:24 IST
Anirban Roy
Anirban Roy
Hindustan Times
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Nepal’s president Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday urged the people from different ethnic groups to maintain harmony to build a stronger nation.

In his first address to the nation, the president said that all people living in mountainous, hilly and Terai regions of the country are all Nepalis.

In fact, Yadav’s appeal has come at a time when there has been a growing difference between the people in the hills and the Terai (the southern plains bordering India). During the last four days, there has been a strong and violent anti-Hindi movement in different parts of Nepal after the country’s first vice-president Padmanand Jha took his oath in Hindi.

Yadav said he would extend complete support and play a coordinating role in the drafting of a new constitution. “Respectable Nepali brothers and sisters, we are now preparing to sketch the fate of Nepal and we have a big challenge of drafting a new constitution within in next two years,” he said.