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Royalists’ moves



Some of the main supporters of the former royal regime are starting to look for excuses to make their moves. One group is focussing on the parliamentary proclamation that declared Nepal a secular state. Reportedly, Bharat Keshari Simha, who allegedly had a role in murdering the famous priest Narayan Pokhrel, is eager to start politicking in the name of Hindus. Simha is said to be preparing to bring 100,000 ascetics to Kathmandu within three weeks to demand that Nepal be declared a Hindu state and has sent five messengers to India to ask for help from right-wing Hindu organisations there. Keshari's team is reported to have returned to Kathmandu after meeting the likes of BJP Chairman Rajnath Singh, Ashok Singhal of the Viswa Hindu Association and close associates of Shiva Sena leader Bal Thackery in India.

However it is highly likely that Keshari, who played a major role in helping the royal regime suppress the people's movement, will be arrested by the government soon. The high-level commission headed by retired judge Krishna Jung Rayamajhi formed to investigate atrocities by the royal government has reportedly already submitted a recommendation to the government to arrest him and Sachit Samsher Rana. However, the government is delaying arresting the duo. Party workers of high-profile supporters of the royal regime, including Rabindra Sharma, Padma Sundar Lawati and Kamal Thapa, are also planning to focus their efforts on the issue of a secular state. A meeting of Thapa's party held on 23 May at Rabindra Nath Sharma's residence in Budanilkantha concluded that it would be most beneficial for them to take up religion (Hinduism) as their main issue. The meeting protested the declaration of the secular state and took out a protest rally in Gaushala. They have also devised a long-term strategy to scrap the reinstated parliament by filing a case in the Supreme Court. Sachit Shamsher Rana is heading this attempt and is also known to be preparing a case against the razing of the Upper House.



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