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RSP to contest by-elections without forming an alliance (rep 25/03/2023)

RSP holding discussions on whether or not to join govt (rep 22/03/2023)

No plans to join govt immediately: RSP chair Lamichhane (kh 13/03/2023)

upreme Court says Rabi Lamichhane passport issue will be resolved as per law : The Rastriya Swatantra Party chief can face a criminal charge if he is found to have simultaneously possessed passports of Nepal and the US, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/03/2023)

RSP forms province committees in all seven provinces (kh 01/03/2023)

Parliamentarian Sumana Shrestha rejects allowance offered by a government agency and an INGO. Her move is widely appreciated on social media : On February 27, Sumana Shrestha, Member of Parliament from Rastriya Swatantra Party posted a status on social media regarding the allowance offered by a government agency and an INGO (nlt 28/02/2023)

RSP decides to continue support to incumbent govt (kh 27/02/2023)

RSP to join govt soon provided it gets Home Ministry : Chairman Lamichhane to contest again from Chitwan-2 (kh 13/02/2023) [Please remember that laws also apply to Rabi Lamichhane!]

Government starts probe into Lamichhane’s Nepali passport : If found guilty, the RSP chief could face a jail term of three years and Rs30,000 fine, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/02/2023)

RSP’s Rash Decision To Quit Govt, by Tirtha Bhattarai (rn 09/02/2023) [The real mistake was that this party, which wanted to be an alternative force, joined a government of the repeatedly failed old forces in the first place!]

Some RSP leaders troubled by Lamichhane’s Sunday outburst : They are exploring ways of damage control, although the matter is yet to be officially discussed at any party forum, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 07/02/2023), Shooting the messenger : Lamichhane must be well aware that Nepali mainstream media is considered among the freest (kp 07/02/2023), KMG chief Sirohiya breaks his silence : Offers point-by-point rebuttals of the charges against him and his family (kp 08/02/2023)

RSP to withdraw from, but continue to support Govt (rn 05/02/2023) [Parties that started out as an alternative should not support a government of the old failed politicians, let alone become member of such a government!], RSP Chairman Lamichhane vents anger at media; says he became a victim of media attacks (kh 05/02/2023) [??], RSP ministers tender resignation (kh), Urmila Aryal files candidacy for NA vice chair (rn 05/02/2023), Lamichhane throws a tantrum on losing stable Home : Rastriya Swatantra Party chief lashes out at the media and threatens to encircle their offices for supposedly blocking his way back to the government. Blames everyone but himself for his loss of deputy prime minister and home minister position, by Tika R Pradhan and Purushottam Poudel (kp 06/02/2023) [Why do young political forces always quickly destroy the hopes placed in them for a renewal of Nepali politics?], RSP denied home ministry, quits govt : All three ministers of the Lamichhane-led party submit resignation to Prime Minister Dahal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/02/2023)

RSP undecided about PM’s new proposal; to boycott Sunday’s Parliament meeting (kh 05/02/2023)

Rabi Lamichhane and dual citizenship in Nepal : No constitutional provision for dual citizenship, but state offers limited citizenship rights for non-resident Nepalis, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/02/2023)

Dispute over giving home ministry to Swatantra Party : CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party are for allowing Rabi Lamichhane’s party to head the ministry while leaders of prime minister’s party seem strongly against it, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 30/01/2023), UML Chairman exerts pressure on PM Dahal to reinstate Lamichhane as home minister (kh 30/01/2023) [Lamichhane may have regained Nepali citizenship in a sudden night and day action, but not parliamentary membership! But KP Oli has never been much for legitimate procedures and will not understand this!], Rule v Rabi : Questioning the apex court verdict for the benefit of one politician sets a dangerous precedent (kp 31/01/2023), Lamichhane’s Fall From Grace, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 31/01/2023), SC Ruling And Lamichhane's Ministerial Claims, by Tirtha Bhattarai (rn 02/02/2023), Lamichhane's position as MP revoked: HoR speaker (ht 02/02/2023), Rabi Lamichhane is Home-less : Prime Minister Dahal’s refusal to hand back the Home Ministry to the RSP may be the tipping point for his fragile coalition, by Shristi Karki (nt 03/02/2023), Rabi Lamichhane's appointment as minister unconstitutional for at least three months : Article 291 of the Constitution of Nepal does not allow appointment to any state positions for three months, by Tapendra Karki (rep 04/02/2023) [!!]

What next for RSP? At no time should a party be synonymous with a single leader who is seemingly irreplaceable (kp 30/01/2023) [All Nepali parties are under the authoritarian control of a very few politicians who consider themselves indispensable and do not tolerate any expression of dissent! The RSP wanted to be different.]

Rabi Lamchhane acquires Nepali citizenship again (kh 29/01/2023) [This sounds extremely fast! Millions of young people have been waiting in vain for this for years!], With citizenship, Lamichhane regains party presidency : Lamichhane, whose status as Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister and party president was scrapped on Friday by the apex court, reacquired Nepali citizenship and returned to the party top post on Sunday (kp 30/01/2023)

Rabi Lamchhane acquires Nepali citizenship again (kh 29/01/2023) [This sounds extremely fast! Millions of young people have been waiting in vain for this for years!], Dual passport could cost Lamichhane his political career : Act relating to House of Representatives formation makes one guilty of passport misuse unfit to contest elections, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/01/2023)

RSP postpones scheduled programs, urges all to show moderation (kh 27/01/2023) [The SC verdict is also likely to question Lamichhane's office as party president!], RSP picks Dol Prasad Aryal as its Acting President (kh 28/01/2023)

Rabi Lamichhane found guilty in citizenship case : Loses posts of DPM, Home Minister and parliamentarian (kh 27/01/2023), Rabi Lamichhane not eligible to remain lawmaker (nlt 23/01/2023), Supreme Court annuls Rabi Lamichhane’s status as lawmaker : The Constitutional Bench concluded that the citizenship presented by Lamichhane to contest the election was invalid (kp 27/01/2023), Home Minister Lamichhane submits resignation to PM Dahal (kh), As a non-citizen, I have nothing left to say: Rabi Lamichhane : I accept Supreme Court’s decision, says Lamichhane (kh) [This distinguishes him significantly from KP Oli, who to this day does not accept the SC decisions of 2021!], The rise and fall of Rabi Lamichhane : Nepal’s Home Minister resigns after the Supreme Court rules he is not a Nepali citizen (nt 27/01/2023)

RSP to expand its organization within four months (kh 23/01/2023)

Rastriya Swatantra Party goes against its own policy as it picks plum Cabinet posts : In its bargain for positions, the new party led by Rabi Lamichhane seems to have forgotten its own commitment to cutting costs of legislature and administration. Experts see the party no different in its quest for power, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 19/01/2023)

Apex Court refuses to issue interim order in Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane’s case : The Supreme Court has said that the full hearing for the case has been scheduled for January 25 (nlt 06/01/2023)

RSP is not anti-federalist, interview with Santosh Pariyar, MP (ae 03/01/2023)

A parlous path ahead for Rabi Lamichhane : Within six months of quitting TV job, the Rastriya Swatantra Party chief has emerged as one of most powerful leaders, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 27/12/2022), Rabi Lamichhane: Combative journalist turned home minister (rep 27/12/2022)

RSP to join govt under Chairman Rabi Lamichhane’s leadership (kh 26/12/2022), We joined govt after formation of a commission to probe corruption was ensured: Lamichhane (rep 26/12/2022) [Yes, please trust that the corrupt will control the corruption!], RSP Chair Lamichhane to be sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister (kh 26/12/2022)

SC refuses to issue stay order against Rabi Lamichhane’s oath taking (kh 21/12/2022)

The burden of trust: RSP’s challenges : Members of the Rastriya Swatantra Party are young, educated, and driven, which is good but not enough, by Naresh Koirala (kp 21/12/2022)

SC receives writ demanding revocation of Rabi Lamichhane’s HoR membership (kh 14/12/2022), Petition claims Lamichhane is not a Nepali citizen : The journalist-turned-politician is accused of not ceding his Nepali citizenship even after taking US citizenship (kp 15/12/2022)

Rastriya Swatantra Party intensifies talks in a bid to join govt (kh 14/12/2022) [You were elected as an alternative to the old failed politicians and parties, not to help them stay in power!]

Rabi Lamichhane’s RSP willing to join govt, discussions underway on agendas (kh 11/12/2022) [You can't steer the political system in the right direction by supporting the repeatedly failed politicians in their power ambitions, whatever conditions you set. For this the people have not elected you! Only a change of personnel to a younger generation at the top of the major parties could justify participation!]

RSP submits HoR members under PR category to EC (kh 11/12/2022)

RSP in hot waters; leaders question party’s intention while naming PR members (kh 08/12/2022)

RSP’s things-to-do list is a bridge too far, economists say : The party has said it wants to bring revolutionary change in Nepal’s economy, but it is confused about how that is going to happen, by Pawan Pandey (kp 05/12/2022) [As an important opposition force, they will have time to work out solutions. After all, they are still a very young party!]

Dr. Toshima Karki resigns from NMC (kh 05/12/2022)

Conflict in Lamichhane’s RSP; 47 district members demand Makawanpur Chair’s resignation (kh 04/12/2022), Swatantra Party district chief accused of helping Nepali Congress candidate : Dispute appears to upset members of the public elated by new party’s electoral success, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 05/12/2022)

New parliament to have seven national parties, including two new ones : Emergence of Rabi Lamichhane-led Rastriya Swatantra Party and CK Raut-led Janamat Party as two new national parties (rep 03/12/2022)

Two new forces enter federal parliament as national parties : Rabi Lamichhane’s Rastriya Swatantra Party and CK Raut’s Janamat Party make the cut after the election results pour in, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/11/2022)

Expat push key to Swatantra Party’s electoral success : Migrant workers and students studying abroad had urged their family members back in Nepal to cast their votes in favour of RSP this election, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 25/11/2022), RSP, new kid on the block, chimes with voters : Wins five parliamentary seats in valley, placed 3rd in PR vote count, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/11/2022)

The scrutiny of incoming Swatantra Party lawmakers has already begun : While some find party’s lack of clear ideology troubling, others reckon its ranks of field experts will serve well, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 24/11/2022)

Times they’re changing : The rise of the Rastriya Swatantra Party reflects the passion for change among Nepali voters (kp 24/11/2022)

Congress takes lead in preliminary vote counting : Rastriya Swatantra Party makes an encouraging entry into national politics (kp 22/11/2022)

Rise of Rastriya Swatantra Party due to frustration with major parties Which parties will suffer due to rise of Swatantra Party? How will ruling coalition and UML fare?, by Ameet Dhakal (Setopati 20/11/2022)

Former journo Ravi Lamichhane announces ‘Rashtriya Swotantra Party’ (kh 21/06/2022), EC receives two petitions urging it not to register Ravi Lamichhane’s party (kh 22/06/2022)

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