UML in favour of reinstating monarchy, say Maoists
The Hindu | May 29, 2009
by Prerana Marasini
KATHMANDU: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) has said the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) is in favour of having a“baby king”.
The remark came after the first Cabinet meeting of the CPN (UML)-led government decided to erect a republican monument in one of the parks of Kathmandu. Maoist’s spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said the decision was nothing but a conspiracy to bring back monarchy through former king Gyanendra’s grandson. “The decision which was taken by a Cabinet meeting, when the Cabinet has not taken a full shape, indicates that UML is in favour of reinstating monarchy,” he told The Hindu, adding the CPN(UML) had disregarded the agreement between political parties to build the monument on the premises of the former Royal Palace.
But General Secretary of CPN-UML Ishwar Pokharel rubbished the claims. He said: “They’re making a non-issue, an issue.” “What is going to be builtinside the palace premises is different from what is going to be built in Ratnapark.”
The Maoist’s spokesperson also said the new Prime Minister’s appreciation of President Ram Baran Yadav’s move to reinstate the Nepal Army Chief,favouring military supremacy, was also suggestive of conspiracy to revive monarchy. When the Nepali Congress president went to New Delhi, when theformer king Gyanendra was still there in India, the Maoist leaders here claimed that there was a plot to reinstate monarchy.
Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash Nembang on Thursday met with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’and Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and urged them to end their bitterness so that the process of Constitution-writing was notaffected.
Meanwhile, the Nepali Congress and CPN(UML) have agreed to expand the Cabinet by Sunday. The portfolios will be decided as per the representationof the parties in the Constituent Assembly. But the Maoists have maintained that they would obstruct the House until their resolution against thePresident’s decision on the Army chief was discussed.