Pro-monarchists demand restoration of kingship in Nepal

A pro-monarchist party in Nepal held a demonstration in the capital demanding restoration of the kingship which was abolished in the country in 2008.

Last Updated: May 19, 2011, 23:57 PM IST

Kathmandu: A pro-monarchist party in
Nepal on Thursday held a demonstration in the capital demanding
restoration of the kingship which was abolished in the country
in 2008.

Transport services were disrupted for over two hours
in the capital as Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Nepal) led by
former Home Minister Kamal Thapa staged a protest rally in
front of the Constituent Assembly building.

Mass protests against Gyanendra Shah, who became the
king in 2001 after the death of his elder brother Birendra in
a palace massacre, finally culminated in the abolition of the
monarchy soon after the United CPN-Maoist emerged as the
largest party in the 2008 Constituent Assembly polls.

The pro-monarchist demanding restoration of the
240-year-old institution that was abolished after the popular
election to the Assembly.

It also wanted Nepal to be restored as a Hindu state.
Nepal was declared a secular state after Gyanendra was
forced to give up absolute power in 2006.

The party has announced a 10-day protest programme
against the proposal of the ruling alliance to extend the term
of parliament, which expires on May 28.

Meanwhile, mediapersons were assaulted by policemen
while they were covering a protest in front of the Assembly.

This is a well-planned attack against the free press
by security personnel, Federation of Nepalese Journalists
said in a statement.

This is a blatant violation of press freedom and we
ask the government to take stern action against the guilty
security personnel, it said.

PTI