Ahead of his party's merger with RPP (United), chairperson Thapa says new party will emerge as alternative force in the country

Published On: March 10, 2020 04:25 PM NPT By: Republica

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KATHMANDU, March 10: Chairperson of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Kamal Thapa has expressed confidence that the new party will emerge as an alternative force in the country after the unification between his party and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (united).

Thapa also vowed to keep the party united after his party's merger with Rastriya Prajatantra Party (united).

"People are now eyeing for alternative to both the ruling Nepal Communist Party and opposition Nepali Congress. I believe that the new political party will be an alternative force in the country. Let's work with this spirit," chairperson Thapa said while addressing party cadres in the capital during the party's central committee meeting today.

Thapa also said that the new political party will come up a roadmap for the country's economic development and prosperity. He urged the party leaders and cadres to abandon the mentality that the party will split after its unification with the RPP (United). "There should not be any doubt among us regarding the party unification. We will not let the party split once our party is merged with the RPP (United). Let's work to keep our party united and strong," he said during the meeting.

Thapa's statement comes a day before the unification between the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (united) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party.

After months-long discussion, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (united) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party on Saturday evening announced to unite and launch a new political party.

RPP (United) chairpersons Pashupti JB Rana and Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, and RPP chair Kamal Thapa signed the unification document.

As per the understanding, the new party will have three presidents. Amid a function in the capital, the new party will be formally launched on Wednesday.

The three presidents are entrusted to finalize the composition of the central committee, division of responsibilities and day-to-day affairs of the party. The Unified RPP has decided to adopt the principle of democracy with the monarchy and Hindu State.

Likewise, it will follow local self-governance, liberal economy, and non-aligned foreign policy. The party will have its interim statute soon. The statute will be drafted and presented by a committee within the next six months, as per the understanding reached between the two parties.

As per the agreement, the general convention of the unified party will be held within the next 18 months. The election symbol of both the parties has been withheld for six months. RPP flag will be used by the new party as well.

A task force was formed to determine further procedures of the unification. Bikram Pandey, Thakur Sharma and Shyam Tilamsena from RPP (united) and Dipak Bohara, Buddhiman Tamang and Bhaskar Bhadra of RPP are members of the task force.