Unity between RPP and RPP Nepal is demand of time

Kamal Thapa

Chairman, RPP-Nepal

TGQ1: Why for the party unification Mr. Thapa? Any specific reasons? Also tell us how the two parties which have two differing line of thoughts could unify?

Kamal Thapa: The leaders of the RPP and RPP-Nepal have felt the need for the formation of a strong democratic/nationalist force. We both have felt the need. And this is apparently possible only if and when we, the RPP and the RPP-Nepal, unite once and for all.

Yes! True. The two parties differ on political agendas they adhere to. We are in favor of constitutional monarchy while they, the RPP, stick on to the republican order line. Yet we have felt that need to unify and build a strong nationalist/democratic force that the nation now demands. This is the premise for the unification process. As far as political lines are concerned, those can’t remain in a permanent state. After the promulgation of the new constitution the nation will take a new but definite course. It would change. If the constitution gets promulgated then the nation shall take on to the course of the economic prosperity and that would be the national political line. That is why the line of thoughts taken up by the parties is not that important.

TGQ2: How it could be made possible?

Kamal Thapa: We will settle the remaining unsettled issues by formulating some sort of procedures. An alternative shall be there which is of the convening of the joint general assembly that will settle all the disputes.

TGQ3: Previously you talked of the process and now you have changed your tone and begun talking of forging consensus? Why is this change?

Kamal Thapa: Let me make clear to you that consensus is also a process. Let’s not take it in another way. The interim constitution has stipulated three procedures for drafting the new constitution. First is that of having consensus, secondly, it is with the support of conduct of a referendum and thirdly, that of two thirds majority. Here we have taken only the consensus as a procedure. And the second notion that is of the two thirds majority which prevails now in the political scene is in itself a wrong understanding.

I have clearly told the Nepal Prime Minister while meeting him that the agendas of the Maoists and the Madhesh based parties for Federalism, republican order and secularism, the prime actors of change, and the parties who stand against such issues can’t be prohibited from the entire process and if done so neither the constitution be drafted or even if drafted the “forced” constitution can’t be made to exist for long. It would be better if the parties do not make the prevailing issues a matter of prestige which complicates the situation more. What could be done at best is that let’s fix a limited period of seven days and handover the entire issues to the perusal of the dialogue committee which will try to forge consensus on the disputed issues and the very eighth day the full house of the CA should be summoned. This full house shall take some appropriate decisions. I think this would be the best way left for us all.

 TGQ4:  Is it that you prefer to award a week long time to the Opposition parties? Is it that?

Kamal Thapa: It is not just a time of one week; however, dialogue must start to settle the disputes once and for all well within a week. Very freshly a deadlock questionnaire committee has been formed The Maoists and the Madhesh based parties went to the street protest mode at the very start which is in the process. We too have some reservations on that simply because we too have our party agendas which have been ignored. Now the consultative dialogue committee should be empowered and told to garner consensus among the parties. The time frame is a week. If done so then the things will move towards a win-win situation. Dr. Bhattarai is the Committee Chairman and thus he should take the needed initiatives. In the process, the RPP-Nepal anxieties too would get sorted out.

TGQ5: But isn’t it that you have also been airing your views favoring an all party meet or say conference?

Kamal Thapa: Yes! That’s true. I have talked about this with the Prime Minister. As stated earlier, the jobs mentioned must have some initiatives from some political sectors. And for the accomplishing the stated job, let’s call a meet of the parties represented in the CA body.  Let’s accomplish this task and in the process also chart a new working procedure for the draft of the new national document. Let’s chart a procedure which enjoys the commitment from all of the parties and award one week time to the dialogue committee led by Dr. Bhattarai. And later let’s take moves in an appropriate manner and this is what we have suggested.

Text. The Dristi Weekly dated April 7, 2015.: Thanks Dristi weekly: Ed.

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