From The Nepali Press
No to Paras
Sanghu, 5 November
FROM ISSUE #68 (16 NOV 2001 - 22 NOV 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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On Dasain, Prince Paras was made Crown Prince. The student wing of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) doesn't quite approve of this and is preparing to start an agitation soon. The pro-Maoist student wing has also expressed its dissatisfaction with the move. The Marxist-Leninist student wing has asked the king to reconsider his decision. They say that Paras should first of all make a public apology to the people. In a recent statement, the Marxist-Leninist youth group said action must be taken against Paras for all his misdeeds and the trouble he has caused in the past. The statement proceeds to clarify that the protest is not against Paras, the person, but rather against the criminal character that resides in the palace. The palace, they say, must not be a place of conspiracy and intrigue, or harbour criminals. It must be open and democratic and follow simple rules and norms. In addition, parliament must have the right to discuss and analyse the character of any member of the royal family. The right to appoint the crown prince must not be held by the king alone, parliament must also have a voice in this matter. This has become especially important after 1 June, say the students, and so the king must reconsider his decision. If he does not, the students say they will be left with no alternative other than starting an agitation.