The CPN-M has sent a letter asking the king to leave Narayanhiti by 26 May. This sudden message after their earlier claim that the king would be asked to depart according to protocol has generated a lot of interest.
Rumour has it that some advisors of the king who are close to Gyanendra have recommended that he leave the palace before the first CA meeting. However, other officers and advisors in the palace want the king to wait for the CA's decision. A senior politician close to the palace said that the king was perplexed by the situation.
The source said that the king does not intend to hang on in the palace if he is humiliated. Neither is he willing to bear the brunt of the people's wrath by going against their wishes. The king is likely to make his decision known before or on 26 May.
The CA oath-taking ceremony is scheduled for 27 May, and the first meeting for the next day. A source reports that having been given a 15-day ultimatum, the king is likely to move into his private residence in Maharajganj to gain the goodwill of the people. But before leaving Narayanhiti, he will consult prime minister Koirala, and the Indian and American ambassadors. According to another source, the king is believed to have said, "Till now I have been doing whatever the prime minister has advised me to. I have sealed my lips on his request. I will talk to him."
On the other hand, some analysts believe that the king is looking towards the Madhes to create obstacles for the CA and havoc in the nation. Leaving the palace for a private residence may gain the sympathy of the people and raise his popularity to a point where the monarchy could be restored.