Rajendra Lingden, the only elected Parliament member belonging to the pro monarchist and pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party, has been elected chairman of the party defeating the incumbent president Kamal Thapa in the general convention on Sunday.
Lingden secured 1,844 votes to beat Thapa (who secured 1,617 votes) by the margin of 227 votes while a whopping 431 votes were invalid.
Bikram Pandey, Buddhi Man Tamang and Dhruva Bahadur Pradhan have been elected Vice- chairs. Similaly, Roshan Karki have been elected vice-chairs under women’s quota.
Dhawal Shumsher Rana from Lingden’s panel has been elected general secretary with 2,221 votes while Bhuvan Pathak from Thapa’s panel has also been elected general secretary with 1,805 votes.
Kunti Shahi (2,008) from Thapa’s panel was also elected general secretary (women) defeating popular Kaliwood artist Rekha Thapa from Lingden’s panel.
Meanwhile, Thapa has blamed former king Gyanendra for his defeat in the election even as the majority of candidates from Thapa panel have emerged victorious as office-bearers.
He has taken the issue to Twitter and condemned what he called naked intervention of the Nirwal Niwas, Gyanendra’s residence, in the general convention. “I have been relieved and liberated. I have been rewarded today for walking around wearing a shroud on the head (taking mortal risks) carrying the institution of monarchy since 2006 when the whole country turned republican,” Thapa tweeted.