Foreign pressure to patch up with the palace
It is reasonable on the foreigners' part to be concerned if our situation hampers their interest, but they have not influenced us.
We do not intend to use the Maoists to defeat the king. The main goal is to realise democracy. The rebels can never be helpful in shaping democracy, they aim to destroy it. If the movement is successful, the constitution will become active and that will create parliament.
We had no experience of state power before the 1990 Movement. In the last 12 years, we have accumulated some experience. When we look back, we realise the mistakes we made. Now, we would like to use that experience in nation building.
Our party has not criticised Madhab Kumar Nepal, but I have differences with him. He has made three moves without consulting the other four parties. First, he ordered the activists not to come to Kathmandu when we all decided otherwise. Second, he has been talking about amending the 18-point agenda on his own. Third, without discussing it, he proposed a meeting with the king one-on-one to resolve the current crisis. His moves have sowed seeds of doubt.
Choosing an alternative to monarchy
The people have the right to choose but, given the political situation, we believe that the monarchy is a political necessity in this country. The day we think otherwise, we will start looking for alternatives. If anyone can convince us in this regard they are welcome, but even Prachanda and Baburam failed to do so. We believe we need the king because of the geopolitical situation of our country. He is also needed as a traditional unifying power that will keep the army and the people intact. We are talking about monarchy that is completely constitutional. We are still in the process national unification.