RPP leadership dispute ends; Rana to step down for ChandThe internal feud within Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has been resolved after two months with its senior leaders agreeing to take the leadership on rotational basis.
The internal feud within Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has been resolved after two months with its senior leaders agreeing to take the leadership on rotational basis.
After long negotiations Chairman Pashupati Sumsher Rana has agreed to hand over the RPP leadership to Lokendra Bahadur Chand. Rana has agreed to call the party’s central working committee meeting within a week and hand over the leadership to Chand. After Chand has helmed the party for eight months, he will step down as the RPP chairman and make way for Rana to lead the party for another eight months. The next in line to head the party after Rana will be senior leader Prakash Chandra Lohani.
RPP General Secretary Deepak Bohara said the next general convention of the party will take place after 24 months, and during this period the party will have three chairpersons, the third being Lohani as per the agreement.
Lohani will hold the party’s general convention which will elect the new leadership for next four years.
On September 7, a majority of the RPP central committee members had dissented against Rana, and elected Chand as the new chairman. Sixty-one out of 103 central committee had participated in the election, and they had submitted their decision at the Election Commission (EC), requesting that Chand should be recognised as the legitimate chairman of RPP.
The Chand faction had been angered after former RPP Chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa handed over the leadership to Rana. Thapa, who earlier led Rastriya Janashakti Party, was elected the RPP chairman after the two party united in May 2013. It was agreed then that the party’s leadership would be run on rotational basis by its senior leaders. Though Chand was supposed to lead the RPP after Thapa, the latter had handed over the leadership to Rana on June 8, angering Chand and his supporters.