RPP to seek "constitutional remedy" to protect charter

KATHMANDU: Concluding that the Election Commission's decision to remove some sections of its charter was unconstitutional, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party on Saturday decided to seek "constitutional remedy" against the constitutional body.

An emergency Central Committee meeting of the party made a decision to this effect.

On Friday, the EC had decided to remove the portion that advocates Hindu state and monarchy from the RPP statute claiming the sections contradicted constitutional provisions of republican order and secularism.

The meeting concluded that the decision was objectionable and against sentiments of the Constitution because the Constitution had guaranteed freedom of expression and organisation, according to a statement issued by the party spokesperson Roshan Karki.

"The RPP does not accept the decision which would forbid the party's principal norm," the statement read, "The RPP requests the Election Commission to rethink over the decision."

In a bid to make the constitutional body withdraw its decision, the party led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Kamal Thapa decided to submit a memorandum to the Commission on March 20.

Likewise, the memorandum would be submitted to District Election Offices as well.

According to Karki, the party would also register a Constitution amendment bill demanding the reinstatement of Hindu state and monarchy at the Parliament and would raise a strong voice for the same.

The party also decided to launch a nationwide street movement demanding reinstatement of the Hindu state.