RPP puts on hold monarchy restoration demand

Published On: November 25, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Less than a week after its unification with the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N), the unified Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has put on hold the agenda of reinstating constitutional monarchy in the country. It was one of the major demands of the RPP-N until party unification.
The first central committee meeting of the unified RPP has decided to put the agenda on hold until the first general convention of the unified party, said Kamal Thapa, executive chairman of unified RPP, on Thursday.

Both the parties had differing agendas in the past. RPP-N led by Thapa was advocating for constitutional monarchy as a prime agenda while Rastriya Prajatantra Party led by Pashupati Shumshere Rana supported republicanism in the country.

“Before the unification, we had different party lines. The unified party's central committee meeting has decided to finalize the party's agenda through its general convention,” reads the statement issued after the meeting. “However the party will continue the demand of reinstating the country as Hindu nation.”

The party is yet to finalize the date for general convention. Thapa in the meeting on Wednesday had proposed holding general convention of the party by mid-January.

During the Constituent Assembly elections, the RPP-N had raised reinstating constitutional monarchy and Hindu kingdom as its main agenda items.

Thapa said that the party will not oppose the constitution amendment proposal if the government registers the bill in parliament to address the grievances of the Tarai parties.
“Constituent amendment is very necessary for addressing the Madhes issues. So the RPP will strongly stand in favor of the amendment proposal and implementation of the new constitution,” said Thapa.

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