RPP in government to ensure elections: DPM Thapa

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Kamal Thapa, elections

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Kamal Thapa has said that the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) joined the government for ensuring the election.

Taking charge of his office at the Ministry of Energy today, Thapa, who is also the chairman of the RPP, said his party also became the part of the government led by CPN (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal before this, for guarantying the election.

He said, “The election had become uncertain as the Dahal-led then government was reduced to minority after Madhes-centric parties pulled out of the government. We joined the government and helped create the environment for elections. And, this time as well, we have joined the government to make the conspiracies to stop the elections,” DPM Thapa said, talking to media persons after assuming office.

Stating that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, during his meetings with him from time to time, assured him of holding the elections on the stipulated date, Thapa said, “My party joined the government at the request of the Prime Minister himself after he got the information that conspiracies were hatched to put off the election.”

He said that the present action plan would be continued until the elections, load-shedding would not be allowed to take place in collaboration with the Nepal Electricity Authority and the ongoing power production projects would be continued.

The RPP has participated in the government for three times after the 2006 political change. He also reiterated that collaboration and unity among the democratic forces has become inevitable after the leftist alliance.