Ex-king Gyanendra hatching conspiracy: Nepal PM
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 20:52
Kathmandu: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has accused Nepal's dethroned king Gyanendra of conspiring against the landmark peace process at a time when the former monarch has increased his appearances at public and religious functions, fueling speculation over his future plans.

66-year Gyanendra, who has kept a low profile since he left the Narayanhiti palace in June 2008, when Nepal's Constituent Assembly, which acts as the country's interim parliament, voted to abolish the centuries-old monarchy and declare a republic.

The former monarch has lately increased his appearances at public and religious functions, including visiting important temples across the country amid pomp and show.

The prime minister said Gyanendra's 'activism' is not a good sign at a time when the country's transition is set to be concluded.

The Prime Minister said the ex-King "is becoming active instead of staying as a common citizen by accepting the people's verdict".

Bhattarai was quoted as saying by nepalnews online yesterday that Gyanendra's recent statement that democracy and sovereignty were in danger smacked of conspiracy.

After lying low for months, Gyanendra made a high-profile public appearance on March 1 at a religious function at Jhumka in Sunsari district of eastern Nepal, drawing pro-monarch supporters and loyalists.

Gyanendra, who recently returned to Nepal after weeks of stay in India, has expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country. A bomb blast in the heart of the capital Kathmandu on February 27 killed at least three people and injured seven others.

According Bhattarai, the statement of the former King and the recent blast in Kathmandu were part of a 'conspiracy' to push the country on the path of conflict and derail the peace process and the constitution drafting process.


First Published: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 20:52

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