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RPP cadres clash with police in Capital

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KATHMANDU — Ratriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) cadres clashed with police as the former tried to picket the Election Commission in Kathmandu, protesting the constitutional body’s decision to delete “Hindu State” and “constitutional monarchy” section of the party’s statute.

The RPP took out a rally in the Capital on Monday demanding the restoration of the terms in the party statute and a clash erupted between the RPP cadres and police outside the EC.

Police have lobbed tear gas shells and baton-charged to disperse the mob after the RPP cadres tried to breach the police barricade.

The EC had decided to remove Hindu State and constitutional monarchy sections from the RPP statute on Friday claiming that the portions contradicted constitutional provisions of republican order and secularism.

Following the EC’s decision, the party on Saturday(March 18) had decided to move the Supreme Court against the EC’s decision to erase some sections of the statute.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Janamorcha has also issued a press release agaisnt the EC’s decision yesterday, stating that the RPP has the right to  advocate the constituonal monarchy and Hindu state.

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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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