'RPP will quit govt if amendment bill put to vote'

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Kamal Thapa said his party would withdraw support extended to the government if the Constitution amendment bill stalled at the Parliament was put to vote.

He also announced that the RPP lawmakers would vote against the bill if it was taken ahead for voting.

Speaking with journalists in Kathmandu today, the newly appointed DPM said his party was very certain that the amendment bill should not be passed.

"Our stand about the [Constitution amendment] proposal has not changed," he said, "Our party's policy has not changed just because I have joined the government."

Thapa justified that the only reason behind joining the government was ensuring local level elections slated for May 14.

Meanwhile, Thapa claimed that he had been actively engaged in dialogues with agitating Madhesi parties since the day he joined Cabinet.

"We have participated in the government for the guarantee of elections and the Constitution implementation while a serious threat was posed to the stability of the government."

Thapa said he joined the government with the conditions that the elections would be held on the scheduled date.