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"I'm not a royalist"



Did you talk about politics when you met the former king recently?
Not really. I heard the king saying to Kali Baba, "the law and order situation in the country is deteriorating, please bless Nepal so that we can overcome it."

Do you have close relations with the former King?
I have met him three or four times. I am not a royalist. When I was home minister under Surya Bahadur Thapa, I put a proposal to the central committee to reconsider the role of the king. Later general secretary Basu Risal told me, "We have had a long journey with him. If you talk about dethroning him, you will regret it."

How could the corruption case against you be biased?
It was a joint effort to charge me on corruption, as designed by the palace.

Why are you lobbying for a Hindu kingdom?
Nepal was declared secular without discussion. Leaders got money to declare it a secular country.

You were also there in parliament when it was declared, why didn't you speak out?
The situation was such you could not oppose anything. Even Girijababu could not.

Is it a secret party line to make Nepal a Hindu kingdom?
It is an individual campaign, though many friends have joined me. I am not talking about religious extremism, I am talking about the country's identity.



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