Thapa, Rana dispute softens; All RPP lawmakers to vote for amendment bill


KATHMANDU, July 24: The internal power struggle in the fourth largest party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has calmed down.

Pashupati Shumsher JB Rana, along with several RPP leaders, has been blaming Chair Kamal Thapa’s leadership for the party’s poor performances in the first and second round of election. The Rana faction were dissatisfied with Thapa’s leadership style and had accused the latter to have exercised monopoly and used the party as his personal tool to further his political interest.

Rana had also blamed Rana of choosing unsuitable election symbol and leading weak election campaign resulting party’s poor results.

RPP has only won four seat in the local elections so far.

But lately Rana has expressed that he would have no objection if the party joins the government in leadership of the party chair.

“The internal disputes between Thapa and Rana has calmed down. There is no any struggle in the party now. Even Rana has found peace in the party’s decision to join the government,” RPP leader Dil Nath Giri told Reporters’ Club Nepal.

The raging brawl in the RPP has been taken as of greater concern lately as the government requires support from the RPP lawmakers to endorse the constitution amendment bill currently stalled at the legislature parliament.

“It has been decided that all 37 lawmakers of the party will vote in favor of the amendment proposal,” said RPP spokesperson Bhuwan Pathak.

Last week, about a dozen lawmakers, expressing dissatisfaction, had warned that they would not support the bill and had demanded some revisions in the proposal.