RPP registers constitution amendment bill for Hindu State

Published On: March 19, 2017 06:02 PM NPT By: Ashok Dahal  | @ashokpillar

KATHMANDU, March 19: Rastriya Prajatantra Party has registered constitution amendment bill at the Parliament Secretariat demanding for reinstating 'Hindu State'.

RPP's Chief Whip Kunti Kumari Shahi and five other lawmakers registered the non-government bill to amend the Article 4 (1) of the constitution.

The Article 4 (1) of the constitution states that Nepal is an independent, indivisible, sovereign, secular, inclusive, democratic, socialism-oriented, federal democratic republican state with an explanation that for the purposes of this Article, secular means religious, cultural freedoms, including protection of religion, culture handed down from the time immemorial.

However, the RPP demanded there should be constitutional guarantee of Hindu state. "Instead of the word 'secular' there should be a phrase of 'Hindu State with complete religious freedom' in the article.

"Despite Nepal being a multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious, 81 percent of people are Hindu, 9 percent are Buddhist and 3 percent are Kirant and it shows that 94 percent are from Omkar family," RPP has claimed whiled registering the bill.

The Election Commission has removed the phrases of 'Hindu State' and 'Constitutional Monarchy' from the party statute of the RPP claiming they contradict with the constitution. Ruling RPP has been condemning the EC's decision and pressurizing the EC to withdraw the decision.

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