KATHMANDU: At a time when critics have been claiming that the visit of former King Gyanendra Shah to Tarai is not just a visit to offer prayers but also a bid to garner power for comeback to power, former King Shah held discussion with Chairperson of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Kamal Thapa, who has been advocating for reviving constitutional monarchy in the country, in Hetauda on Monday.
It has been reported that the deposed King held discussions with Thapa at Hetauda-based Avocado Hotel in a clandestine meeting. Thapa, who has advocated for constitutional monarchy in the country, has been demanding referendum to decide the fate of former monarchy.
Shortly after meeting Thapa, the former monarch also met his well-wishers. Ex-king Gyanendra offered prayers at Chakrawarti gumba and other temples in Hetauda on Monday. The meeting came at a time when some royalist parties have been mulling to form an alliance of royalist party for the purpose of reviving monarchy in the country. The royalist parties have been hoping to do better in the upcoming elections of the constituent assembly as they believe people were fade-up with the indecisiveness of the political parties.
He said that he was worried looking at the people’s plight in the region. “People are worried,” said Gyanendra talking to local reporters in Hetauda. “Their plight has also worried me,” he said.
He mentioned that the people were worried for social, political and economic reasons. He, however, said that his visit was entirely for religious purpose.
A meeting of the Constituent Assembly in 2008 had abolished monarchy from the country bringing to an end the 240-year old Shah regime in the Himalayan nation. Since then, Gyanendra has been living at a palace in the hills of Nagarjuna in his capacity as a former King. Currently the former King is in the visit of tarai to offer prayers in religious sites and also holding dialogue with different his well wishers and general people. The former monarch is encouraged from the participation of people in different locations, where he has been visiting.
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