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SPA Has No Right to Declare Republic: Thapa

 -  The Himalayan Times

Jan 12 2008, Kathmandu - Former prime minister and Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa said on Friday that the seven political parties had no right to declare the nation a republic. He added that declaring a republic is the prerogative of the people only.

Speaking at a programme of the RJP in Ramnagar Mirchaiya of Siraha district, Thapa said, "The parties in the government are to blame for the delay in holding the constituent assembly polls." He claimed that the increasing lawlessness and crime in the Tarai was being orchestrated by the seven political parties and added that until issues of the Madhes were addressed it will be difficult to hold the CA polls.
"If the Tarai problem is not solved, the country will drift towards grave danger," he said.

Thapa accused the government of neglecting the rights and culture of the Madhesi people adding that it was doing so even though the Madhes was an important and integral part of the country.

He urged the Madhesi community to struggle in earnest for its rights but cautioned that loot, abduction and killing will not ensure those rights.
Co-chairman of the RJP Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani claimed that the present government was not a government of the people but a syndicate of the seven parties. He added that the state had been keeping the Madhes in limbo too long and demanded that errors committed by successive governments in the past be rectified for building a new Nepal.

RJP general secretary Keshar Bahadur Bista said that the seven parties had failed to hold the CA polls and were trying to cover up for this failure by putting all the blame at "the king's doorstep". The programme was chaired by RJP district president Mahesh Lal Mahaseth.
Source : The Himalayan Times

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