Print Edition - 2017-03-13 | News
Lohani quits reshaped RPP
Mar 13, 2017-Senior leader of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Prakash Chandra Lohani quit the party on Sunday, weeks after party’s general convention, expressing dissatisfaction over RPP’s internal activities.
Organising a press conference, Lohani announced his decision to leave the RPP membership saying that after the unification between RPP and RPP-Nepal, the party had started exercising absolutism–limiting party’s power to a limited group of people, disregarding party’s constitution and dilly-dallying in forming committees.
Lohani also accused the RPP leadership of violating the previous agreement to fix ‘plough’ as its election symbol. He added that he had written to the party Chairman Kamal Thapa and other top party leaders, informing them of his decision to part ways with the party.
“RPP has been objecting the constitution amendment bill proposed by the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government and it was clear that RPP would be ready to quit the government if necessary. But party Chair Thapa joined the government without even consulting within the party leaders. It proves Thapa used the Madhes grievances as a tool to obtain power and post,” Lohani said.
Appreciating Madhesi people’s contribution to protecting national integrity and sovereignty, Lohani added, “At a time when Madhes-based parties are set to withdraw their support to the government, it is unfortunate that Thapa along with some RPP members joined the government to extend its tenure.”
“I will remain active in politics. I cannot say it outright what I will do next, but I will discuss with party members across the country first,” he said, responding to a question if he would open a new party. “You have to be patience. I will let you know.”
Also an economist, Lohani has been an active RPP member for 25 years.
Published: 13-03-2017 08:07