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Plan abandoned



After the news of the sudden demise of PV Narsingha Rao, the ex-prime minister of India, King Gyanendra's secret Indian visit was cancelled in the name of the queen mother. Although the question remains unanswered about why the visit, planned for the second week of December, was stopped by the queen mother, it is known that it was planned under the auspices of the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

At a time when the question around of why the king, silent and uninformed, is still staying at the royal palace without fear is floating around, the Delhi visit was planned using the health of Crown Prince Paras as an excuse.

According to reliable sources, the royal visit was planned so that the prince, who suffers from heart disease, could have a check-up at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences. Politics was tied up with a sensitive issue like health so that those interested in Nepal, including the US, China and European nations, would not be suspicious.

Sources say that even Queen Komal, who has not been affected by any disease, is rumored to be growing thinner. According to the plan, the prince was to be admitted to the institute's VIP unit and Queen Komal was to follow two days later for a medical check-up. The king was to follow them both and, once at the hospital, hold talks with the Indian prime minister and the Chairman of Congress, Sonia Gandhi. However, the plan was abandoned two hours before the prince was to board the flight.

The mediation between the palace and Delhi was carried out by a relative of Ganesh Man Singh who also happens to be a pupil of the Indian prime minister. Some royalists claim that India was conspiring to announce Nepal a republic while the royal family was in Delhi. They also claimed the king was trying to establish a relationship with India through other means.



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