Friday, 27th February 2015

RPP Nepal Chairman Thapa demands space for monarchy in new constitution

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Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPP Nepal), Kamal Thapa, has said the new constitution to be formulated should provide space to the monarchy too.

RPP-Nepal chairperson Kamal Thapa waves his hand, as the pro-Hindu and pro-monarchist party's first General Convention begins at Tundikhel, Kathmandu, Saturday. NN/RHAddressing the inauguration programme of the party's First National General Convention at the open air theatre on Saturday, Thapa said his party was ready to adopt flexibility regarding the form of monarchy if the parties were willing to reinstate the institution of monarchy.

He said a constitution not incorporating the provision of Nepal as a Sanatana Hindu Nation would not be acceptable to his party.

"We will cooperate in the constitution writing process with heart, words and deed. We are also not the opponents of change and the movement of building a New Nepal, but we are against the destruction and annihilation of the nation's history, culture and tradition in the name of change. We should agree on a single agenda and that is the legacy of ancestors and the ancient religion and culture should not be terminated," the RPP Nepal chairman said.

Stating that the foreigners were the exponents of the republic, secularism and federalism in Nepal, he said the UCPN (Maoist), the Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML) were merely their carriers, he said there was the risk of the country's sanatana religion being exterminated in the name of secularism.

Senior leader of the party Bishwa Bandhu Thapa said that in a multi-party competition, the people's mandate should be clear regarding the issues of religion and monarchy.

Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Surya Bahadur Thapa, stressed the need of institutionalizing the gains made so far by formulating a new constitution, reiterating that there was no alternative to collaboration among the political parties for that.

Nepali Congress leader and Minister for Information and Communications, Dr Minendra Rijal, said as the largest party in the Constituent Assembly, his party would issue new constitution bringing all the parties within and outside the Constituent Assembly into consensus.

Noting that it would be difficult to fulfill the people's aspirations for economic prosperity if the political thought which the people had rejected for its being outdated is again made an issue of dispute in the country's politics, leader Rijal stressed the need for all the parties to work in collaboration for writing a constitution by accommodating all the aspirations represented in the Constituent Assembly and outside.

Spokesman of the Unified CPN (Maoist) Dinanath Sharma said the aspirations of all sides should be respected in a competitive multi-party political system, stressing on the need of convergence of views among all the parties for writing a new constitution encompassing the change within the stipulated time.

CPN (UML) central committee member Krishna Gopal Shrestha said a new constitution could not be drawn if a strong force within the Constituent Assembly is ignored, reiterating the need of drafting a constitution incorporating the aspirations of the entire Nepali nation.

CPN-Maoist politburo member Hari Bhakta Kandel called for formulating a new constitution maintaining consensus through an all-sides roundtable conference.

CPN (ML) politburo member Birendra Thapaliya and vice-president of the Rastriya Janamorcha Durga Poudel said the thoughts of a party carrying the agenda of nationality should be respected.

RPP Nepal vice-presidents Keshar Bahadur Bista, Rajib Parajuli and Dr Dhawal Shumsher Rana said their party has participated in the open political competition with a clear goal.

Party general secretary Chandra Bahadur Gurung expressed the belief that the general convention would be successful in establishing the party's ideology and the party as the numero uno force in the country.

Representatives of different political parties and diplomatic missions and people from various walks of life were present on the occasion. Different colourful cultural tableaus were presented on the occasion.

The general convention will continue at the Nepal Acadeny until May 28. The closed session of the general convention starts Sunday. The general convention will wrap up electing a 145-member new working committee.



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