Ten years ago, when Sher Bahadur Deuba took the prime minister's seat in Singha Darbar for the first time, he said: "I am sitting in the highest position that a son of a common Nepali can be in, so I am certainly happy." Today, the office appears non-existent even though its physical facilities are still intact. The prime minister's brass nameplate is wrapped in paper. The door is locked. A security guard stands outside not knowing what he is guarding. According to the Spokesman of the Cabinet Secretariat, Yubaraj Bhusal, the prime minister's office is opened only for cleaning purposes. He said the staff does make it a point to check if faxes have come in.
In the hall where the Cabinet meeting used to take place, different committees hold meetings these days. In the prime minister's chamber, there are pictures of the king and queen. Facing the prime ministers' chair is BP Koirala's picture. There are phones on the table and the prime minister's chair has been kept in a way as if expecting someone to take the seat. Around 40 soldiers have been deployed in gate number one. Gate number three is guarded by the police. There are 16 civil staff under the Ministry for Housing and Physical Planning.