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No possibility of revival of monarchy: Nepal Opposition

Last Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 21:01

Kathmandu: Dismissing the possibility of revival of monarchy in Nepal, former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today said ex-king Gyanendra Shah should take part in politics rather than making "anti-people" remarks.

Former Prime Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Nepal said ex-king Gyanendra Shah is trying to fish in troubled waters capitalising on the clemency given to him by the then government.

"Now he is trying to raise his head by taking advantage of the clemency," the ex-PM said advising him, to set up a political party and take part in politics rather than making such "anti-people" statements.
Speaking at an interaction programme in Western Nepal`s Dang district, he said the "then government did not strip him of state facilities and instead allowed him to reside at the Nagalgunj Forest Resort showing him clemency."

He further said there was no agreement on the revival of the monarchy reached between the then monarchy and the seven-party alliance, challenging the king to show such an agreement if signed.

The statement comes in the back drop of ex-King Gyanedra`s recent interview to a private television saying that monarchy may be revived if the Nepalese people wish.

The ex-King had claimed that political parties had assured him not to abolish monarchy and a deal was signed to retain monarchy when the Peoples Movement reached climax in 2006.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress central member and senior Madhesi leader of the party Bimalendra Nidhi said that there is no possibility of revival of monarchy as it has already been abolished with the establishment of federal, inclusive republic of Nepal through the popular movement.

The outcry made by the former King to revive monarchy has no relevance at all, he pointed out addressing party workers in Janakpur in southern Nepal.

The movement has established people as the only source of sovereign power and any move against it will not be tolerated by the people, he maintained.

Nepal abolished the monarchy in 2008. A constituent assembly was recently dissolved after failing to reach agreement on a new Constitution. Fresh elections are planned for November, but in the meantime Nepal is in a political vacuum.


First Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 21:00

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