Talks, reconciliation with King fruitless, say freed leaders

Kathmandu, February 20:

The political leaders released from the Supreme Court today said talks between the King and the political parties would not resolve the country’s problems.

“Neither talks nor an understanding with the King can restore the people’s rights,” Nepali Congress spokesperson, Krishna Sitaula, told reporters after his release.

“The seven-party alliance has a clear-cut agenda of restoring total democracy through the ongoing movement. Hence, we cannot opt for reconciliation with the monarch,” he added.

He said the King’s message on Democracy Day was only aimed at continuing with his ploy against democracy.

Standing Committee member of the CPN-UML, Yuba Raj Gyawali, said the released persons would continue to participate in the movement against autocracy.

“We will continue with out movement until the restoration of full democracy,” he added. Another CPN-UML standing committee member, Ishwor Pokhrel, said the King’s call was meaningless and a conspiracy against democracy. Various leaders of the political parties, including Ishwor Pokhrel, Krishna Sitaula, Keshav Badal, Yuba Raj Gyawali, Bhim Rawal , Bishwo Prakash Sharma, Kundan Raj Kafle and Surendra Basnet were released form the SC today.

The government also released Sashanka Koirala, Baldev Sharma Majagaiya, Meena Pandey, Binaya Dhoj Chand and N P Saud from the Kathmandu District Court.