Nepal is declared a Federal Republic. The way the declaration has come is a complete non-sense. This is the only move to allow the Maoists to rejoin the coalition government. The King’s status has not changed a bit since the last declaration we had when the interim parliament stamped the interim constitution. Gyanendra is still in the Narayanhiti palace under a heavy protection of the Nepal Army which is still loyal to him. That is, the government has not been bold enough to throw him out of the palace. The question now is – can the first sitting of the CA body re-institute the monarchy? I do not see a reason that they can’t as everything is on the table for the CA representatives. Therefore, the current declaration does not make sense. It would have made better sense if they had exhibited the courage to expel Gyanendra out of the palace.
If Gyanendra is no more the King and every party is 100% behind the republic setup, who is stopping us from asking the royal family to move out of the palace? Why is this drama? Is the Nepal Army against this? Is India interfering? We do not need to follow any law and norm to depose a dictator? Dictators are thrown by people’s will. Whole country is against the monarchy. Enough is enough. It is time convert Narayanhiti palace to a national museum.