KATHMANDU: The ongoing unity convention of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) elected Surya Bahadur Thapa as the chairman of the unified party, which has been named RPP.
Earlier there was a decision to entrust top four leaders — Thapa, Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Pashupati Shamsher JB Rana and Prakash Chandra Lohani — for heading the party on a rotational basis but the proposal was withdrawn following protest by delegates.
“For now, Surya Bahadur Thapa has been elected the party chairman. He may continue for some years if he runs the party competently. The presidium may decide to change the party head in future if it deems necessary,” The Republic Daily quoted party leader Bikram Pandey as saying.
The top leaders had convened a gathering of the party´s district chiefs before announcing the name of the party chairman. The leaders urged the district chiefs not to protest the decision and convince delegates from their respective districts. “We need to stand united and settle internal differences through mutual understanding since we are going for general elections soon,” a district chief quoted the leaders as saying during the gathering.
Of the total 107 central committee members, the convention will elect 77 members through voting that is scheduled for Monday. The remaining 30 members will be nominated by the chairman. The central committee will later elect two general secretaries and the other two general secretaries will be nominated afterward. Of the 77 members to be elected directly, some quotas have been reserved for women, Dalits, ethnic communities, Madhes-based communities and three undeveloped regions — Karnali, Seti and Mahakali.
The convention on Saturday had decided to retain RPP as the name of the unified party and plow as the party´s election symbol. Though all the leaders Thapa, Rana, Chand, Lohani and Devkota were in the RPP a few years ago, Thapa-led faction had split from the party to form RJP around nine years ago. The unity will have positive impact for the upcoming elections of the constituent assembly.
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