Nepal as Hindu nation proposal rejected, to remain secular nation

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Kathmandu, Sep 14: Nepali lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal to restore the Hindu character of the Himalayan nation with the Constituent Assembly (CA) firmly plumping for secularism that was adopted seven years ago.

The 601-member CA -- tasked with framing the country's new constitution -- voted clause-by-clause on individual articles of the proposed constitution and ensured that its secular character -- adopted in May 2008 by the world's once-only-Hindu kingdom -- was retained, the Himalayan Times reported.

Nepal as Hindu nation proposal rejected

Kamal Thapa, chairman of the pro-monarchist Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and Rastriya Prajatantra Party's Amrit Bohora had demanded that secularism be removed from the constitution and the Hindu state character be restored instead.

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After CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang rejected the twin-RPP proposal, Kamal Thapa demanded voting.

Thapa's proposal for a vote received the support of only 21 lawmakers in the 601-seat Constituent Assembly. CA rules require that at least 61 members approve a proposal for voting.

IANS

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