RPP-N brings out draft of election manifesto; proposes elected prime minister, ceremonial king
The Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal led by Kamal Thapa on Friday made public the key components of its election manifesto, proposing king as the ceremonial head and an elected prime minister as the executive head.
Releasing the preliminary draft of manifesto amid a candidacy announcement program in the capital, RPP-N further said its election slogan is "No Nepal Bandh" as the party's chief Thapa said the party stands against all types of Nepal Bandh (general shutdown).
"All religions will exist in Nepal in harmony. All religions will have religious freedom in a traditionally Hindu Nepal," Thapa said. "Load shedding will be totally eliminated within the next five years and the party will work towards massive economic development," he added.
Thapa further said his party will act tough against corrupt ones and corruption, saying that illegal property will be confiscated under his party's tenure.
On the issue of state restructuring, RPP-N will ensure autonomous governance system at the local level, Thapa said, adding, "The destination from here on is economic revolution, strong and prosperous Nepal."
RPP-N further said it will announce 100 percent candidacy in all 240 constituencies. In today's program, the party declared 196 direct candidacies. The party has proposed its chief Kamal Thapa as the prime ministerial candidate. But Thapa's constituency has not been fixed yet.
The list of 196 declared candidates includes most of the party's top leaders, central committee members and district leaders.
Among the top leaders, Padma Sundar Lawati has been announced RPP-N candidate from Panchthar -2. The constituency of another senior leader Keshar Bahadur Bista is yet to be finalized.
Similarly, Chandra Bahadur Gurung has been declared candidate from Syangja-1, Udhav Poudel from Kathmandu-4 and singers Mira Rana and Sanjaya Shrestha from Kathmandu-3 and 6, respectively. Bharat Jangam, who joined the party today, is also contesting from Kathmandu-1.
"We will soon finalize rest of the constituencies under the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) as well as Proportional Electoral System within a few days," said party chairman Thapa. Nepalnews.com / Kishor Poudel