Khadka reconciles to Prez's move
Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: Lieutenant General Kul Bahadur Khadka, appointed the acting Chief of Army Staff by the Maoist-led government, accepted his position as the second-in-command of the Nepali Army at the Prime Minister's oath-taking ceremony on Monday.
Khadka accepted his position by sitting in the row of special class officials and senior army officers while General Rookmangud Katawal sat behind the President, as does the CoAS traditionally. "His conduct proves he has accepted the second rank in the NA," Lalit Bahadur Basnet, personal assistant of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, told this daily.
"Khadka could have absented himself from the ceremony if he had any grouse over the President's decision," Basnet added.
Khadka had publicly claimed to have been the de-jure CoAS, even after President Yadav had reinstated Katawal as CoAS, overruling the cabinet decision to sack the latter. The government retired Katawal on May 3, but Dr Yadav reinstated him on the same night. Erstwhile PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned on May 4, opposing the decision of the head of the state.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and CA chairman Subas Chandra Nembang, along with constitutional heads, diplomats and dignitaries.