No room for grandpa or baby king: Nepal

Kathmandu, July 17:

CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal today said there was no future of monarchy in Nepal. Talking to mediapersons at The Reporters’ Club, Nepal said, “King’s days are over. There will be no Shah dynasty, no ceremonial or baby king.”

Nepal said Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula’s talks deadline to the agitating factions was not based on eight-party consensus.

He suggested those in “responsible positions” to be extremely cautious and serious while dealing with the current “difficult” situation and holding talks with the agitating factions. “Any irresponsible statement could turn out to be disastrous,” Nepal added. He said it was high time the government concentrated more on work than issuing statements.

Expressing “dissatisfaction” over the working style of the government, Nepali Congress leadership and the Maoists, the UML general secretary also rejected Maoist Chairman Prachanda’s proposal of integrating Young Communist League with the Armed Police Force to provide security during the constituent assembly polls. “This cannot happen,” Nepal told the mediapersons, saying, “All the parties have their youth organisations like the Maoists’ YCL.” He suggested that the youth factions be used as volunteers during the CA polls.

Nepal said UML would not listen to any lame excuse defer constituent assembly polls, calling the CA polls as “significant” to sweep away royalists.

He said his party’s strategy would be to encourage republicans during the CA polls. “Nobody can stop the setting up of a republic,” the UML strongman said, emphasising on the eight-party unity until a new constitution is finalised.

He said his party was trying to hold talks with the Tarai factions to address their problems.

Asked about the demand of “drawing a border” between Tarai and the hills by Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Jwala Singh) faction, Nepal said his party cannot compromise on the issue of national integrity and sovereignty with anybody.