Rastirya Prajatantra Party Chairman. Rajendra Lingden. (File photo)
KATHMANDU: The office bearers meeting of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has decided to seek political and legal redressal against the Election Commission (EC) directives to remove “monarchy” and “Hindu state” from its party statute.
A meeting of the office-bearers held Sunday afternoon at RPP’s Central office in Kathmandu termed the EC directives as biased and unconstitutional and decided to protest against it.
According to RPP General Secretary Bhuwan Pathak, the meeting ruled that EC directives are against the spirit of the Constitution.
“The meeting ruled that it is against the spirit and letter of the constitution to ask a party to remove its agenda of Hindu state and constitutional monarchy,” she said, adding, “It is ridiculous EC sent the political party registered and contested in many elections to make change in the statues and remove its prime agenda.”
The EC had recently written a letter to RPP asking it to remove the words “monarchy” and “Hindu state” from the party statute within seven days.
The RPP had sent its new elected committee to the EC after the election of a new working committee for the update on December 25 as per the Political Parties Act.
After analyzing the party’s statute, the EC decided that the two terminologies were unconstitutional.
RPP has been raising the agenda of constitutional monarchy and Hindu state.
Rajendra Lingden has been elected as the Chairperson from the recently concluded general convention.
Meanwhile, former RPP Chairperson Kamal Thapa has objected to the EC’s decision.
Taking to Twitter, Thapa has said labeled the EC’s directive “unconstitutional” and that it would not be acceptable for his party.
Similarly, the Election Commission has also directed the party to remove the “cow” symbol from the RPP flag.
Stating that the national animal “cow” cannot be used by any particular party, the EC has asked the party to change the flag.