HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DHANGADHI: Supporters of former king Gyanendra Shah's celebrated his 66th birthday in Kailali today.
Shah's supporters including Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal cadres and Shiva Sena Nepal activists offered garlands to the ex-king's photo at the LN Chowk, where they had pitched a tent and set up mikes.
RPP-N Dhangadhi town in-charge Rom Swar said the celebration was the first thus celebrated openly after the overthrow of monarchy and the subsequent establishment of republicanism in the country.
"People are now seeking an alternative to the political crises that the country is passing through ever since the monarchy was deposed and the unanimous choice seems to the king," Swar said, adding, that the people have been fed up with the political parties' continuous wrangling for power.
Meanwhile, the celebration of the former king's birthday came at a time when the deposed king himself has ruled out any intention to return to the throne, has raised doubts among the commoners.
The ex-king's birthday was also celebrated in Kalaiya, Bara today. Supporters chanted slogans in favour of the king and held a rally which later concluded into a corner meeting. Speaking at the meeting speakers stressed that the former king be made ceremonial head of the country.