RPP, RJP all set for merger

KATHMANDU: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP)-the political outfits of the Panchayat era- are all set to unite this week.

RPP president Pashupati Shumsher Rana said both the parties would announce their unification this week as all the contentious issued had already been settled. Name of the unified party has been proposed as Rastriya Shakti Prajatantrik Party (RSPP).

He said that the central committees of both the parties would hold their separate meetings and announce their fusion this week. RPP's central working committee's meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, while RJP is yet to announce the date.

Rana said both the parties would unify from their bases but said the national-level unification process would begin only after the general convention.

Known as the parties of former Panchas, they are divided currently into three factions-RPP led by Rana, RJP by Surya Bahadur Thapa and RPP-N by Kamal Thapa. A party insider said the parent party - RPP -had split up seventh times since its inception following the restoration of democracy in 1990. It splintered into 3 after former King Gyanendra took over in February 1, 2005.