Rana faction fails to produce 40 pc central members for party registration

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Seeks 10 more days citing floods and landslides

RPP-Prajatantrik, that recently split from RPP, could not be registered at the Election Commission on Sunday after the group of Pashupati Shumsher Rana failed to produce 40 percent of central members at the commission for verification by the 5 pm deadline.

The Rana group has sought 10 more days from the commission stating that it could not produce the central members for verification due to floods and landslides across the country.

The commission had asked the Rana faction to produce the central members with citizenship certificates from 11 am to 5 pm today. Sources at the commission told Setopati that the group could not produce the required number of central members, and has sought for 10 more days.  

The commission, however, has yet to decide on whether to give 10 days to the faction. The anti-defection law under the new act related to political parties requires the rebel faction to show 40 percent strength in both the central committee and parliamentary party for registration of a new party.

The parliament secretariat already has verified that Rana faction has support of 20 lawmakers out of the 37, which is more than 50 percent, registered there in the name of RPP. The faction now has to prove support of at least 63 central members to reach 40 percent out of the 156 recognized by the commission.

Chairman Kamal Thapa, who had unilaterally nominated 42 central members in a preemptive measure to thwart imminent split, has been claiming that the Rana faction does not have support of 40 percent. But the Rana faction has been insisting more than 40 percent members support his group.

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