‘RPP joined govt to ensure elections’
Oct 19, 2017-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Kamal Thapa said on Wednesday that the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) joined the government to ensure the elections.
Taking charge of office at the Ministry of Energy on Wednesday, Thapa, also the chairman of the RPP, said his party had earlier joined the CPN (Maoist Centre)-led government “also to ensure elections”.
“At that time also elections had become uncertain as then Pushpa Kamal Dahal government was facing crisis after the Madhes-based parties’ decision to withdraw support. We joined the government and helped create environment for elections.
“This time also we have joined the government to ensure elections, especially in the wake of a left electoral alliance between the Maoist Centre, the key coalition partner of Congress and the main opposition, CPN-UML” Thapa said.
Stating that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has assured him of holding the polls on the stipulated dates, Thapa said: “Rastriya Prajatantra Party joined the government at the request of the prime minister himself.”
Thapa, along with seven RPP leaders, was inducted into the government by PM Deuba on Friday. But the RPP leaders were assigned ministerial portfolios only on Tuesday after PM Deuba stripped all 17 Maoist Centre ministers of their portfolios.
Thapa’s RPP has been part of the government three times after the 2006 political change that abolished the centuries-old monarchy.
Published: 19-10-2017 09:14