Secularism through referendum: Rana

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 21, 2014-

Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantara Party (RPP) Pashupati Sumsher Rana has said that provision of secularism in new constitution should be settled through referendum.

“We had opposed against the provision of secularism in first sitting of the Constituent Assembly, he said, adding that it was forcefully imposed from “higher level”. But he did not mention what that “higher level” was. Rana, who recently returned from New Delhi for his hearing treatment, said in an interaction at Reporter’s Club that it is unacceptable to enforce secularism in a country where over 90 percent of the people are Hindus. “So, Nepal should be made a Sanatan Hindu state.”

Rana also said that his party is going to start a new discussion against secularism starting Wednesday with various like-mined groups.

“In the first CA, we had registered our opposition but it went unheard. Our opposition in this issue continues and we want that this issue should be settled through a referendum,” he said.

Once the party will make a position on the issue, it will later hold discussions with other parties as well, Rana said.

The party is planning to discuss the issue with RPP-N Chairman Kamal Thapa and pro-Hindu leader of Nepali Congress Khum Bahadur Khadka. Rana, however, said his party will endorse republicanism and work for its effective implementation. On the issue of federalism, Rana said the RPP has been constantly saying that there should be two states in Tarai and five in Hills and Mountains. “There should be ethnic-based federalism,” he said, adding that the parties should promulgate new constitution at any cost by January 22.

Published: 22-10-2014 08:43

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