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KIRAN PANDAY

This is what went on at the prime minister?s residence on the night when the eight parties were gathered to agree on the interim constitution.

It was almost midnight and UML leader Madhab Kumar Nepal had decided that history was being made and that he had to have a record of this on his digital camera. He went from room to room, photographing all the chambers of the prime minister?s residence. This irritated former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who said, \'There goes the man who wore daura suruwal when the king sacked me.\' Nepal snapped back, \'Stop lying. Did I not ask you to reinstate the parliament?\' This was met with a roar of laughter from other leaders and shut Deuba up for the rest of the night.

Deputy Prime Minister Amik Sherchan gave a grand tour of the prime minister?s residence to Baburam Bhattarai?s wife Hisila Yami. The leftist leaders decided to pull an all-nighter, while GP Koirala and Deuba took long naps. Ram Sharan Mahat, Chakra Bastola and Minendra Risal came in late because they had prior commitments. Later that night, Deuba was reportedly overheard saying, \'Now all issues are resolved. When I was prime minister, I got a message from India assuring me that the king would not go against the constitution. Why else would I gamble my reputation and trust the king?

The strangest part of the whole evening was the number of people that no one recognised. They were seen running around the computer room, writing notes, talking on their mobiles. They all looked very important and very busy. They were seen talking and laughing with the leaders of all the parties, yet no one really knew who they were. They are in all the pictures taken that night, smiling to their heart\'s content.



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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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