1st Nepali party publicly campaigns for monarchy in CA poll

By Xinhua

Kathmandu : The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP-Nepal) has become the first party to have publicly declared to vote for constitutional monarchy in the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) poll, local leading media group’s website nepalnews.com reported on Saturday.

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Addressing a zonal level training program of its workers in Kathmandu on Friday, RPP-Nepal leader Rabindra Nath Sharma instructed his party workers to ask votes in favor of constitutional monarchy in the CA elections.

Sharma has said he believes that some form of monarchy as an institution is essential for upholding independence, sovereignty and integrity of Nepal.

He said though other parties have decided to campaign in favor of republic, his party will stick to the constitutional monarchy.

While most of the ruling alliance members have declared to support republic in the country — barring the No. 1 party in the Interim Parliament, the Nepali Congress which is yet to firmly state its preference in the polls — the RPP-Nepal has become the first party to publicly declare it will campaign for monarchy.

Even other right wing parties like RPP led by Pashupati SJB Rana and Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) led by Surya Bahadur Thapa have yet to clarify whether they will campaign for monarchy or not in the upcoming poll.

As per the Interim Constitution promulgated on Jan. 15, the first meeting of the elected CA will decide the fate of monarchy by a simple majority.