KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has decided to seek political and legal remedy stating that a letter sent by the Election Commission (EC) to the party is against Nepal’s constitution.
A meeting of the central office-bearers held at the party's central office in Chabahil on Sunday reached this conclusion. Talking to media persons after the meeting, RPP Chairman Rajendra Lingden said that the fundamental values and principles of RPP will not be amended just because the EC wanted so. Stating that he will answer to the EC at an appropriate time, Chairman Lingden said that his party's statute was within the ambit of the constitution and that the directive of the EC was a biased one.
Chairman Lingden also argued that the EC had no authority to ban any party on the basis of faith and to raise such questions.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has warned of action if the RPP does not amend some parts of its statute. Joint Secretary and Joint Spokesperson of the EC Komal Prasad Dhamala said that Article 4 of RPP's statute called for enhancing and maintaining the recognition of democracy including the reinstatement of Hindu nation and monarchy and requested to amend it.
The EC states that the RPP is not allowed to use the cow symbol on its party flag as the commission had banned the use of Nepal flag, maps, national flower, color, national bird, national animal among others for such purposes. The commission gave the party a week to amend the two things.
Joint Spokesperson Dhamala said that the EC is hopeful that the RPP will bring the required changes to their statute.