Lawati challenges Thapa for RPP-N leadership

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 26, 2014-

Padma Sundar Lawati Senior leader of Rastriya Prajatantra Party- Nepal (RPP-N) Padma Sundar Lawati has registered his candidacy against immediate past Chairman Kamal Thapa for the leadership at the ongoing national convention in the Capital on Monday.

Lawati, who has publicly been expressing dissatisfaction with the decision of the current head to softening its stance on monarchy, has claimed that his candidacy is to stop the party from swaying away from its core ideological principle. He has demanded for ‘one person, one responsibility’ within the party. “Thapa is the parliamentary party chief, so being a founding leader of the party it is my legitimate claim for chairmanship,” said Lawati in a press statement on Monday. However, party insiders say he does not have a good hold in the party to stop Thapa from being the chairman for another tenure.

A total of 1,877 voters will cast their votes in the election to be held on Tuesday to elect a new central committee (CC) for next four years.

The only mainstream pro-Hindu and pro-monarchy party will have a 127-member CC—-63 to be directly elected and the remaining to be nominated by the chairman with the consent of the CC. While as many as 239 candidates are vying for the 63 CC seats, the party has reserved 20 seats for women, four for Madhesis, two for Dalits and one each for the Karnali and foreign committee.

The chairman will also nominate joint-chairman, vice-chairman, general-secretary, deputy general-secretary and spokesperson from those elected in the CC.

According to the party’s chief of Election Commission Niranjan Thapa, RPP-N will use Electronic Voting Machine prepared by Nepali engineers for the election. The final results will be announced by Tuesday evening.

The first ever general convention of the party since its establishment some eight years ago kicked off with a mass meeting on Saturday.

Published: 27-05-2014 08:41

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