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Ousted king under fire as Nepal parties scuffle over peace process

(Gulf-Times): A top Communist leader has threatened to jail Nepal’s dethroned king Gyanendra, weeks after theformer monarch was accused by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai of conspiring against the landmark peace process.
Sixty-six-year old Gyanendra, who has increased his appearances at public and religious functions over the last few months, has been targeted by Neplese political leaders amid growing speculation over his future plans at a time when the country’s peace process has been delayed due to deadlock among the parties.
Madhav Kumar Nepal, the former prime minister and senior leader of CPN-UML, warned the Gyanendra that he would be sent to jail if he tried to disrupt the 2006 peace process and drafting of a new constitution.
“If the former king is found conspiring against the peace process and constitution drafting, he would be directly sent to jail,” Nepal said at a programme in the capital
“Anyone who goes against the achievements of the People’s Movement of 2006 will be obliterated,” he warned.
Last month, Bhattarai had accused Gyanendra of conspiring against the peace process.
The prime minister had 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 was quoted as saying by nepalnews online on March 4 that the former king “is becoming active instead of staying as a common citizen by accepting the people’s verdict”.
After lying low for months, Gyanendra made a high-profile visit to India in February and public appearance on March 1 at a religious function at Jhumka in Sunsari district of eastern Nepal, drawing pro-monarch supporters and loyalists.
Last month, Gyanendra expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country.
The government has recently scaled down his security. It withdrew the Nepal army personnel and replaced them with the local police and Armed Police Force personnel.
“If he is involved in the ploy against peace and constitution drafting he will be deprived of all these facilities,” former PM Nepal warned.
As far as the peace process is concerned, he underlined that a new constitution will be promulgated by May 27 deadline, when the term of the constituent assembly expires.
Although there are certain contentious issues yet to be resolved before finalising the constitution, these will be sorted out soon through negotiations among the major political parties, he pointed out. Agencies

Published Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 | 12:18 PM

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