The CPN-Maoist party took the collective resignation of the government-appointed officials as a great political success. On 24 May, acceding to Maoist 'directions', Kathmandu Metropolitan City office bearers decided to quit office.
After Mayor Keshab Sthapit, along with the deputy mayor and 34 ward chairmen handed in their resignations because of growing Maoist threats, the rebel organisation declared it a victory, a move that boosted its morale. High on this success, inside sources say they are now working towards weakening the state system by coercing more resignations from key people in the government.
At a time when ruling the country is entirely in the hands of the king, the rebels' bold move shows the extent of their reach and influence. According to reports, the Maoists are now aiming at the assistant secretary to the king, high-ranking officials of security agencies and officials at the palace. It is unclear when they plan on starting this campaign.
The Maoists, who claim to have complete control over Nepal's rural areas, asked the people to stop paying any taxes to the government. When this failed to be effective, they decided to force the resignation of high-ranking government officials. This ploy has served its aim-the people now question who reigns over the country, the Maoists or the king. (Nepalnews.com)