RPP in government for holding elections: DPM Thapa

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Kamal Thapa has said the Rastriya Prajatantra Party has joined the government for ensuring the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections.

Assuming office at the Ministry of Energy today, Thapa, who is also the chairman of the RPP, said his party joined government led by PM-Deuba , for ensuring the election.

"We have joined the government to foil conspiracies hatched to defer elections and ensure elections on stipulated dates with the Maoist Centre, a ruling coalition partner, forged an alliance with the main opposition party," DPM Thapa said, talking to media persons after assuming office.

Stating that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, during his meetings with him from time to time, assured him of holding the elections on the stipulated date, Thapa said, "My party joined the government at the request of the Prime Minister himself after he got the information that conspiracies were hatched to put off the election."

He said that the present action plan would be continued until the elections, load-shedding would not be allowed to take place in collaboration with the Nepal Electricity Authority and the ongoing power production projects would be continued.

The RPP has participated in the government for three times after the 2006 political change.

He also reiterated that collaboration and unity among the democratic forces has become inevitable after the leftist alliance.