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Nepal’s pro-monarchists call for revival monarchy, Hindu state

KATHMANDU (PTI): Nepal’s pro-monarchist Rastriya Prajatantra Party on Saturday held its biggest ever public meeting demanding reinstatement of monarchy and revival of Hindu state from the current secular one.

As the political parties have failed to institutionalise federal republic through promulgating the new constitution, the monarchy should be revived, party president Kamal Thapa said addressing a gathering of around 5,000 people in the capital.

Calls for Nepal to be made a Hindu state was also made during the public meeting. This was the fast time such a grand public meeting was organised by pro-King organisation at a time when the government led by the Maoist party, who fought decade long war to abolish monarchy, is in power. Thapa, who was the Home Minister in the erstwhile royal government, came down heavily against Maoist chief Prachanda, for allowing a foreign diplomat in an all party meeting at his residence while making important decision.

“How, the Maoists, who raised high sounding anti-India slogans while launching decade long war, could bow down to the foreign master,” he said in a sarcastic remarks.

“It is a matter of surprise that Prachanda, who projected his party as pro-nationalist, is now saying that peace and stability could not be established without the support from India,” Thapa said.

Expressing concern over the “growing foreign influence” in the country, Thapa underlined the need to preserve national integrity.

He also ruled out the possibility of reinstatement of the “dead” Constituent Assembly as proposed by some political leaders saying that fresh election should be held instead of reviving the Constituent Assembly.

He also held big parties including UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML for the current political stalemate in the country.

Former Parliament member and leader of the party Devendra Nepali proposed to revive the 1990 Constitution which has the provision of constitutional monarchy.

The pro-monarchist group are looking at fishing in troubled waters amidst polarisation of Nepal’s political parties with Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai announcing fresh election of the Constituent Assembly by dissolving the CA and other major parties announcing to boycott the same under the present circumstances.

As Nepal is passing through a constitutional crisis with no elected representative body in place and parties sharply divided over the legitimacy of present government, which has unilaterally announced election, the campaign launched by the pro-monarchist group seems to be significant.

Meanwhile, Bhattarai government is also preparing to show its muscle on June 15, when the ruling alliances are holding a public meeting in the capital to justify the government’s move to hold election on November 22.

Published Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2012 | 12:30 PM

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