Kamal Thapa’s RPP for ‘nationalist’ alliance
Kathmandu, February 27:
Citing ‘growing threats’ to democracy and nationalism, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) led by Home Minister Kamal Thapa today called on all ‘nationalist, democratic and constitutional forces committed to the 1990 Constitution’ to join the party’s efforts to form a nationalist democratic alliance.
The party has also urged the Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) of Surya Bahadur Thapa and RPP led by Pashupati SJB Rana to join the alliance, which is being forged to “uphold the 1990 Constitution and go for fresh Parliamentary elections”.
Wrapping up its two-day central committee meeting, the party reiterated its call to form a democratic alliance for fresh parliamentary elections. “We do not believe in merely reviving the 205-member House of Representatives,” Kamal Thapa said while emphasising that getting people’s mandate as the clear-cut way to restore the democratic process. The party reiterated its stance on consensus through dialogue saying it does not believe in street protests. “RPP is equally committed to democracy but unlike the seven-party alliance, we have chosen a different way,” he said.
Today’s meeting also decided to hold two-day regional camps in all five development regions from March 28. The camps will be participated by party’s central, district and regional members. The party is also holding training for cadres within mid-May and conducting district-level cadres’ meetings within the next three months.
KATHMANDU: A party leader conceded that the RPP (Thapa) has begun “informal” meetings with different party leaders, including RPP (Nationalist) chairman Rajeswor Devkota, vice-chairmen in the Council of Minister Dr Tulsi Giri and Kirtinidhi Bista and former prime minister Marichman Singh, in a bid to forge a ‘nationalist democratic’ alliance.
According to him, party chairman Kamal Thapa, Rabindra Nath Sharma and Padma Sunder Lawati have been assigned the job.
However, he said the party is having a “problem” in directly meeting with the seven-party alliance leaders. “Since the party chairman is also the home minister, we have not been able to directly talk to them on the issue,” he said referring to the ‘boycott’ policy of the SPA. He conceded that Sharma has met “informally” with some NC men close to Girija Prasad Koirala. He did not elaborate. — HNS