From The Nepali Press
Former Rajparishad chairman Keshar Jung Raymajhi in Sanghu, 6 February
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The main responsibility for taking initiative to resolve the present crisis is in the hands of the ministerial council. Since the king is also in the council, his intervention is required. The first step should be talks, among other things to learn why the Maoists abandoned the ballot and resorted to bullets. There is no alternative to talks. If we do not opt for a peaceful resolution and continue using force the country will be destroyed. The more time we lose more serious will be the outcome. It is the responsibility of the king's council to begin the process. I don't think enough is being done to resolve the conflict. During the talks in Dang (in 2004) the Maoists said that they would talk with the king directly. The four-month ceasefire was a respite to the people but now attacks are taking place everywhere, including the capital. The spirit of the king's 1 February speech appears positive but his wishes are not being translated into practice. The king has repeatedly expressed his commitment toward constitutional monarchy and multiparty democracy. Let's assume the king took over because he thought the parties were unsuccessful. Now that the parties are saying that the king should remain as constitutional monarch, the king should move in that direction. The main basis of democracy is people's vote. In itself, an election is not a bad idea. But for that, all sides should have been consulted. The government should have held talks with the seven parties and through them it should also have dialogued with the Maoists. Even when the seven parties decided to boycott the polls, the government could have done more to create an environment of participation.