NC ‘insisting on retaining’ ceremonial monarchy

Kathmandu, May 29:

Even as the seven-party alliance is claiming that there was consensus among them on how to deal with the institution of monarchy, a CPN (United Marxist) leader today dropped enough hints that the alliance has a party which still favours retaining ceremonial monarchy.

“What is true is the alliance indeed has a party which still is in favour of retaining ceremonial monarchy while the rest are aversed to it,” CPN (United Marxist) General Secretary, Bisnu Bahadur Manandhar, told The Himalayan Times today.

He, however, hastened to add that none of the parties were in favour of retaining the monarchy in constitutional form. Sou-rces in the alliance have confirmed it is the Nepali Congress which was insisting on retaining ceremonial monarchy.

Manandhar said this while shedding light on what transpired betweeen him and CPN-Maoist talk team member Dinanath Sharma who had gone to meet the CPN-United Marxist leadership today.

Insisting that the mandate of the mass uprising was the democratic republican order, Manandhar said certain sections in the seven party alliance were concentrating efforts on retaining the monarchy in highly ceremonial role.

He also said informal talks were currently underway between the rebels and the government talk team and that the next round of talks could be out of the capital city.

Meanwhile, in related developments, a statement issued by Dr Baburam Bhattarai today said the task of the day was to ensure reorganisation of the army and ensuring regional autonomy based on caste and regional balance, among others, including progressive land reforms.

Dr Bhattarai, who heads Broader National Political Conference Organising Committee under United Revolutionary People’s Council, Nepal, has stressed institutionalisation of democratic republican order following an election to constituent assembly.

He has, however, stressed the need to dissolve the parliament as a precondition for an election to constituent assembly. He has laid stress on the need to transfer power to a political conference.