Chand, Rana settle RPP feud; Chand to lead party for now

KATHMANDU: The internal feud of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party between its two leaders Lokendra Bahadur Chand and Pashupati Shamsher Rana has finally ended.

The two leaders, who were claiming themselves as legitimate Chairman of the party for several months, have finally agreed to settle the dispute.

According to their agreement, the former Prime Minister Chand would lead the party now.

They shared the agreement at a press conference organised in the Capital today.

Chand and Rana were at odds since the then party Chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa handed over the leadership to Rana.

Chand had claimed that Thapa and Rana breached the agreement of rotational leadership made during the unification of Rana-led Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Thapa-led Rastriya Janashakti Party.

The veteran leader Chand had argued that an agreement was made to handover the leadership to him after Thapa, before Rana and another RPP leader Prakash Chandra Lohani would lead the party in rotation.

Whereas Rana was the official Chairman as per the records at the Election Commission, Chand had garnered support of majority central committee members and claimed himself to be the authorised party boss.

The Chand faction had even applied for official recognition at the Commission.

However, the two leaders today again agreed to continue the agreement of rotational leadership.

Accordingly, Chand would lead the party for now.

Then, he would handover the responsibility to Rana and Rana to Lohani after completion of his tenure.

Lohani would be assigned to hold the party's election for the fresh leadership.

The party has 12 seats at the Parliament.