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King and PM



Three months after parliament was dissolved, unprecedented and unnatural differences have been brewing between the king and the prime minister. The differences between the two high sources is sure to create uncertainty in the country.

According to sources, the king wants major changes in the council of ministers. He indicated this to the prime minister three weeks ago. The prime minister had also expressed his desire to the king for a small and efficient cabinet. But Deuba got a rude awakening when the palace presented him with a list of names of high-ranking ministers it wanted removed from the cabinet. The list includes the names of Chiranjibi Wagle, Bijay Kumar Gacchedar, Jaya Prakash Anand and Bal Bahadur KC. It is understood that on receiving the list, Deuba sent back a reply saying that he could not betray friends who had helped him in trying times, and that he would rather resign than do this. After that, certain power centres have started bargaining, asking Deuba whether he wants the tree symbol. Deuba has maintained that democracy is more important and larger than just the tree symbol, and that he isn't ready to bargain in the name of democracy. He'd rather go to jail, he says. Today, the coldness between the king and the prime minister revolves around the reshuffling of the council of ministers. If there are any other reasons, it is difficult to know what they might be.


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