Kathmandu, November 9:

King Gyanendra has said the nation has paid a price to learn that a representative polity cannot be activated in the absence of peace and peace itself will remain elusive if patriotism is not made the focal point, RSS reported.

In a message to the nation on the occasion of Constitution Day on Wednesday, the King said a conducive environment has been created in the last eight months to initiate the process of free and fair elections, ensuring a meaningful exercise in democracy.

The genesis and growth of terrorism directed against democracy has its root in the growing disillusionment among the people as a result of the lack of sincere efforts towards consolidating the multiparty democratic exercise by upholding the directive principles and policies enshrined in the Constitution of Nepal -1990, the King said