RJP-N to join govt if statute amendment assured, says Karna

Kathmandu, December 30

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal leader Laxman Lal Karna said the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal could join the next government if the coalition partner pledged to amend the constitution and withdraw false charges slapped against party cadres and leaders.

Speaking at Reporters Club here today, Karna said his party would, however, not join the next government on mere assurances that grievances of the marginalised communities including Madhesis, Dalits, Janajatis, Muslims, women and Tharus would be addressed. “I have said in the past that parties do politics not to become Sadhus, but to be part of government. “

All parties aspire to become part of the government because a party can carry out its vision of development only when it is part of the government,” he added. Karna said his party would seek changes through parliamentary struggle.

“Our movement has now entered the Parliament but if the House fails to address our demands, we will resort to street movement,” he said and added that the government had done some work to withdraw false charges against the leaders and cadres of his party and the new government needed to give the final touch. He said the victory of RJP-N candidate Resham Chaudhary from Kailali-1 constituency proved that the government had slapped false charges against him.

Karna said the recently held parliamentary polls produced a hung Parliament and it was not clear which party would form a new government. He also said that it was not clear which left alliance leader would be the party chair and who the prim minister and added that CPN-MC was the king maker as its support would be crucial to form a new government.