Yubaraj GhimirePosted: Saturday , May 30, 2009 at 0256 hrs IST
As the President, the Prime Minister and most political parties celebrated Republic Day — monarchy was abolished this day last year — Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M), said India was out to restore monarchy in Nepal. And that his replacement by Madhav Nepal as Prime Minister was part of that design.
Addressing party workers here today, Prachanda alleged that parties, including the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) — to which PM Nepal belongs — and the Nepali
Congress had agreed to restore monarchy under “India’s diktat.”
“The recent visit of former King Gyanendra to India was not without any motive,” he said. “I have information that as per the agreement, Gyanendra will abdicate soon after his restoration in favour of his grandson Hridayendra”. This comes soon after former Crown Prince Paras told a Malaysian newspaper that his past with a “stigma” disqualified him from claiming the throne and if monarchy was restored, he would set up a political party.