Rastriya Prajatantra Party splits, again

  • Pashupati Shamsher Rana forms new party
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 6, 2017-

Kamal Thapa-led Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), the fourth largest party in the Parliament, has split on Sunday.

Party leader Pashupati Shamsher Rana has formed a new party after the split. He has submitted an application at the Election Commission for the registration of the new party.

The new party has been named 'Rastriya Prajatantra Party Prajatantrik'.

RPP leaders and lawmakers Sunil Thapa, Deepak Bohara and Bikram Pandey have deserted the party to join the new one.

Kamal Thapa-led RPP-Nepal and Pashupati Shumsher Rana-led RPP had unified on November 21, 2016.

The internal feud in the RPP had raised the spectre of split, less than six months after the unification.

The dispute between Thapa and Rana came to public domain on July 14 after the latter issued a statement accusing the chairman of running the party “in an autocratic way” a charge that was earlier levelled by senior leader Prakash Chandra Lohani.

Lohani had quit the party on March 29 over differences with party Chairman Thapa on the election symbol of the party.

During the unification in November, RPP and RPP-Nepal had agreed to pick plough as the election symbol, however, Chairman Thapa later decided to adopt for cow as the party’s election symbol.

Published: 06-08-2017 18:10

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