Ex-king`s remarks on revival of monarchy raises storm in Nepal

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 15:46

Kathmandu: Deposed king Gyanendra`s remarks that monarchy may be revived some day have drawn sharp reactions from political circles, with Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal saying the ex-royal was day-dreaming and the opposition Maoists asking the government to strip him of all facilities.
Gyanendra was just day-dreaming, Prime Minister Nepal told reporters after meeting leaders of his CPN-UML party and Nepali Congress, a key constituent of the ruling coalition, at Singhdurbar Secretariat yesterday.

He was reacting to the former king`s televised remarks that the country`s centuries-old Hindu monarchy may be "some day revived".

"I don`t think the monarchy is over," Gyanendra recently told the private Avenues Television, adding "history shows that the monarchy has had its ups and downs and twists and turns. And I will accept whatever the people desire."

Prime Minister Nepal also said the political parties had started fresh discussions on the peace and Constitution-drafting process.

He said the task of drafting the Constitution and concluding the peace process would be accomplished within the May 28 deadline.

In his reaction to Gyanendra`s statement, Nepali Congress leader and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that there was no possibility of the revival of monarchy, which was abolished by the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008.

Nepal`s five-time premier GP Koirala, who died on Saturday last, had played a major role in abolishing the 240-year-old monarchy.

Unified CPN-Maoist vice chairman Narayankaji Shrestha said the ex-king`s remarks were part of a counter-revolutionary conspiracy and demanded that the government strip Gyanendra of all facilities.

Authorities should snatch all facilities being provided to him and oust him from the Nagarjun hill lodge, a government property where he is currently staying, Shrestha said and warned that his party would take action through people if the former monarch keeps on making such statements.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 15:46

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