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Why did you become the party president?
I took on the responsibility hoping that this party, which has millions of supporters, can be brought onto a democratic track and become an alternative democratic party in the future.

But you had refused the same post before, why accept it now?
True, I refused the post a few months ago. But in the political atmosphere then, a strong-willed democratic force was necessary. The power from which this party separated must be brought in place. Others cannot do this, I can. If we can make this into another democratic force we can be an alternative to the Nepali Congress.

What will your role be in the constituent assembly?
The base on which we stand will not let us be republicans. We are in favour of a constitutional monarchy whether it is decorative, ceremonial or symbolic. It is not possible to have the same form of constitutional monarchy as before. What Girijababu means when he says ceremonial makes the same sense as decorative or symbolic.

It is said that you have been brought in to save the king.
Rabindranath Sharma cannot save the king in this hour of crisis. The king himself has been unable to be active, how can the royalists be so?

Do you see a possibility of the king becoming active?
It could happen if there is a situation where responsibility is not taken, deliveries are not made, kidnappings and abductions continue, property is confiscated, agreements are not implemented, the government loses its worth, if there is lawlessness, or if one class rises above the law.

Why are you in favour of a referendum?
Look at world history. Monarchies are either removed by revolution or through a people's referendum. No one can challenge the people's decision. We will take part even if there is a constituent assembly. We do not have the strength or the ability to oppose that. We have accepted this harsh truth.


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