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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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President summons the first Federal Parliament meeting for March 5

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called for the first ever Federal Parliamentary meeting on March 5, 2018 at the International Conference Center, New Baneshwor.

President Bhandari has summoned the meeting as per Article 93 (1) of the constitution, a press release issued by the Office of the President said.

275 members, directly elected and those elected on basis of proportional representation system, constitute the Federal Parliament. House of Representatives and National Assembly jointly is called the federal parliamentary.

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The first federal parliament is being held after over two months since the House of Representative elections were held.

The election for the President is scheduled for March 9.

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