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    » 09/21/2012, 00.00

    NEPAL

    Nepal, secular parties against King Gyanendra’s "religious" visit

    Kalpit Parajuli

    Under the guise of a religious pilgrimage, the former monarch is to visit the districts of Kanski, Myagdi and Parbat in the western region. Local Maoist authorities announce a boycott. Whole villages festively decorated for the arrival of the king. Consensus, especially among the poorer classes of the Hindu religion disappointed by Maoism.

    Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Parties and lay supporters of the Hindu monarchy are colliding over a political tour masquerading as religious pilgrimage that former Sha Gyanendra began yesterday in the districts of Kanski, Myagdi and Parbat in the Western Region. Officials of the Maoist parties and the Congress Party and other formations fear a coup by supporters of the former monarch deposed in 2007, among which the Hindu extremist parties Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party ( RPP). They accuse the king of having a parallel agenda to seek support in the western region, among the poorest in the country and where in recent months there have been several demonstrations for the restoration of the monarchy. Local sources said that these days, entire cities and villages were festively decorated to celebrate the arrival of Gyanendra.

    The great popular census for the king is worrying the secular political formations that rose to power in 2008, after the deposition of the monarchy. The Maoist governor of the district of Parbat announced that block the visit of the former monarch who will not be allowed to give public speeches. The authorities of Myagdi have joined the boycott. Today, even the Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, warned the former monarch not to hold public rallies, accusing him of exploiting the climate of instability to confuse the Nepalese, who will have to choose a new constituent assembly in a few months. Dilendra Prasad Badu, spokesman for the Conservative Congress Party, said that "the authorities can not tolerate a religious visit on the pretext of creating a monarchist party to nominate for election."

    Several analysts point to a growth of Hindu extremism and the emergence of new political alliances between the parties during the civil war who fought on the side of the monarchy and later were excluded from the formation of the new democratic state. The RLL-N draws strength from the current climate of mistrust towards the parties of the Constituent Assembly, divided among themselves, who have failed to reach an agreement for writing the new constitution. The most affected is the Maoist party considered chiefly responsible for the current situation. Between 2009 and 2011, the party of former guerrillas organized several mass strikes that have crippled the economy.

     

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    See also

    26/05/2008 NEPAL
    Demonstrations banned in Kathmandu
    Just two days before the first sitting of the Constitutional Assembly, which is set to declare the end of the monarchy, authorities ban public gatherings because of “security concerns”.

    16/06/2012 NEPAL
    Nepal's Hindu monarchy and a new revolution against democracy
    Since 28 May, the country has been without a constitution and is likely to remain without a government. Thousands took to the streets on June 9 to denounce the government crisis and the collapse of the republic. The protest in favor of the monarchy is the biggest since the deposition of King Gyanendra in 2006. But the majority of Nepalese still believe in democracy.

    28/05/2008 NEPAL
    Nepal, proclamation of Republic still awaited
    A few hours' delay for the vote of the constitutional assembly, which should announce today the end of the Hindu monarchy. The political parties are probably wrapping up agreements on the separation of powers between the president and prime minister. The king has been given 15 days to leave the palace.

    08/02/2005 NEPAL
    Kings offers talks to rebels as he cracks down on them
    The poor side with King Gyanendra in his fight against corrupt parties, but democracy in the Himalayan nation takes the backseat.

    22/03/2006 NEPAL
    New wave of violence and death

    Increased Maoist attacks follow the lifting of their general road blockade. A bomb goes off in an office in Kathmandu.





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