Kamal Thapa demands secularism removed from Constitution

RUPANDEHI: Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) Kamal Thapa has demanded that the country reestablish a Hindu state through an amendment to the Constitution.

Speaking at a news conference organised by the RPP-Nepal in Butwal this morning, Chairman Thapa reiterated that the party’s demand should also be addressed if the Constitution was being amended as per the wish of the Madhes-based parties. He further said the party was even ready for a referendum if the demands were not addressed in the Constitution amendment.

Also former Deputy Prime Minister, Thapa said that the incumbent government had failed to address demands of the Madhes-based parties even after a month had passed since its formation. He also blamed the government for not carrying out necessary preparations to hold elections at local, provincial and national levels.

Stating that the Constitution could not be amended without a consensus among political parties, Chairman Thapa said either the CPN -UML or the RPP-Nepal was needed to garner two-thirds majority for Constitution amendment as three parties—Nepali Congress, CPN Maoist Centre and Madhes-based parties - lack the same.

“However, the government has not held any discussion with our party so far," he said.

The RPP-Nepal Chairman said the country would be pushed into a mishap as a result of Constitutional vacuum if elections were not held in the country on time.