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Why are you against the monarchy?
The king did not do anything for the Nepali people. If the king does not need the people why should the people keep him? I told the king before, "be a king of all the people," but he could not be. King Gyanendra only wanted to listen to a few Ranas, his ambassadors and hooligans from yesteryear. The king's time is over and so is the monarchy.

What path should it take?
Everyone, including the king and the political parties, should agree to give the monarchy a peaceful way out. Taking a peaceful path means holding a referendum on the fate of the monarchy. The new constitution should be made based on the people's decision regarding the monarchy.

Are you demanding this from the king or from the parties?
Both. I have been saying we should have a people's referendum regarding the monarchy since 2000. I demanded this in my book Mero Kathaharu, published in 2001. The meeting between the Maoists, the CPN-UML, and the NC on 23 September ended with all three parties agreeing to solve the issue through a referendum, which makes me happy.

Is Girija babu trying to save the king?
If the Nepali Congress had trusted the people, they would not have had to make a deal with the king in exchange for security. Girija babu does not trust the people, and the king has betrayed the people's trust. He has even taken the help of foreigners to save his own skin. There are Indian groups that have stepped up to support the king after he asked them to save him. Ambassador Moriarty's regular statements are a product of that. Foreigners are asking to keep the present structure so that either a constitutional or a ceremonial monarchy remains. Girija babu has his own vested interest, but so do foreign powers.


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