Ef­forts un­der­way to re­sume the dis­rupted RPP-RPPN uni­fi­ca­tion process

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For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Lo­k­endra Ba­hadur Chand and other many lead­ers of the Ras­triya Pra­jantra Party have been ex­ert­ing pres­sure on party chair­man Pashu­pati Shumsher Rana to re­vive the process to unify the party with the Ka­mal Thapa-led Ras­triya Pra­jantra Party-Nepal. The uni­fi­ca­tion process initiated ear­lier was abruptly dis­rupted by party chair­man Rana at the eleventh hour. The two pro-king par­ties were to be uni­fied for­mally be­fore ap­point­ing any min­is­ter from the party. But RPP chair­man Rana nominated Deepak Bo­hora to rep­re­sent the party in the Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal-led coali­tion govern­ment lead­ing to the dis­rup­tion of the en­tire uni­fi­ca­tion process. Bikram Pande was another min­is­ter from the RPP in­ducted in the Da­hal-led govern­ment. The move of Rana to ap­point Bo­hora and Pande as min­is­ter and the dis­rup­tion of the uni­fi­ca­tion process drew flak from not only the RPP-N but also from the in­flu­en­tial lead­ers within Rana's party. Now the RPP has been with­out any agenda. In­stead the lead­ers have been di­vided with one group led by Chanda ex­ert­ing pres­sure on Rana to unite the two par­ties and another group op­pos­ing the uni­fi­ca­tion process. The RPP it­self is a united form of RPP (Thapa) of late Surya Ba­hadur Thapa and RPP (Chand) led by Chand. Both the par­ties were formed im­me­di­ately af­ter the po­lit­i­cal change of 1990 and they emerged as king maker dur­ing the hung par­lia­ment pe­riod from 1994 to 1999 with both Thapa and Chanda lead­ing the govern­ment turn by turn. Chand be­came prime min­is­ter of the UML-Chand coali­tion govern­ment in 1997 and Thapa led another govern­ment of the NC-Thapa coali­tion af­ter the fall of the Chand-led govern­ment in Septem­ber the same year. RPP-N was formed un­der the lead­er­ship of Ka­mal Thapa fol­low­ing the 2006 April Up­ris­ing. Thapa has been back­ing the king de­mand­ing that Nepal should be made a Hindu King­dom. RPP-N had 25 mem­bers, all elected un­der the pro­por­tional elec­toral sys­tem, while RPP that was led by Thapa un­til his demise in 2015 has 13 mem­bers in­clud­ing three di­rectly elected ones in the present House. Uni­fi­ca­tion will in­crease the strength of the party in the par­lia­ment. But uni­fi­ca­tion was spoiled by Rana for no ap­par­ent rea­son.

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