RPP for 2 Madhesh provinces; Hindu republic, Nepali language
September 29, 2016 12:00 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Sept 29: One of Nepal's right wing parties, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), has made its stand clear on key contentious issues.
RPP Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana said on Wednesday that there should be two provinces in Tarai-Madhesh and the policy of proportional inclusion should be implemented in all the state bodies, including security agencies and other public offices.
“This is the right way to address the concerns of agitating Madheshi and Janajati forces,” he said during an interaction with a group of journalists on Wednesday.
When asked how two provinces can be carved in the southern part of the country amidst serious disputes over this proposal, Rana explained that “there should be one province stretching from central Parsa district to Saptari in the east and the other from Nawalparasi to Bardiya district in the west.”
However, Rana strongly objected to the proposal being prepared reportedly by ruling coalition partners that allows naturalized citizens to hold top posts in state organs. “We are also opposed to provision of naturalized citizen becoming the country's president,” he said.
Likewise, he is against any proposal that amounts to undermining Nepali language.
“Nepali language must remain the national language,” he added.
He claimed that his party had had serious reservation while declaring Nepal as a secular state right since 2007. He reiterated his party's stand for reestablishing Nepal as a Hindu state. “Nationalism, democracy and liberalism are three guiding pillars of RPP,” said Rana.
“Let me add to this Hindu republic from today. From now on, these four pillars will be the guiding principles of our party.”