RPP blames Congress for electoral loss

Kathmandu, January 5

Rastriya Prajatantra Party has decided to call on other political parties with similar political ideology for unification.

A three-day central committee meeting of the party that concluded today took a decision to this effect. Concluding that the party division on the eve of the elections to the House of Representatives and state assemblies was the main reason behind party’s defeat in the poll, the meeting decided to take initiatives for unity among ‘nationalist’ forces.

Party Chair Kamal Thapa said this while briefing the media about outcomes of the meeting at a press meet today.  The meeting also concluded that the party’s electoral alliance with the democratic alliance was another major reason for the party’s electoral loss.  The party maintained that its poll ally Nepali Congress did not provide the RPP as many electoral seats as agreed in writing between the two parties, earlier and accused NC of not being honest in cooperating with the party at the local level.

The meeting appointed an election review committee under convenorship of Dr Bishnu Bhandari to find out ‘real’ causes for the party’s ‘unexpected’ electoral defeat and asked it to come up with a report. The panel comprises the party’s central committee members Govinda Khaniya, Bhakti Sitaula, Chandreshwor Ray, Dhan Bahadur Budha, Prakash Rimal, Bijay Laxmi Singh and Shyam Shahi as members.

The meeting also decided to organise a nationwide gathering of district-level party cadres in the near future and the central convention of Rastriya Prajantantrik Students Union, the party’s student wing, in the last week of February.

Likewise, the meeting also congratulated party General Secretary Rajendra Lingden on being elected to the Parliament from Jhapa Constituency No 3. The meeting has also decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prithvi Narayan Shah, on Poush 27, as a national unity day.