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Monarchy for democracy



Ghatana Ra Bichar, 12 September

In Syangja you called for \'democratic unity'. What did you mean by that?
We need unity now, among everyone who believes in democracy, constitutional monarchy and the present constitution. I believe it is time to stop bloodshed and terrorism and bring all political forces into the constitutional framework, even the Maoists. The forces of democracy need to come to some kind of understanding for the nation and democracy. This is why I raised this issue.

What do you think the second round of talks will be like?
It must be successful, or if the situation gets worse, the Maoists will be held responsible. The Maoists must stop their activities before dialogue begins-they cannot come to talks with a show of force. The government has already shown that it is flexible. The Maoists must be prepared to enter the present constitutional framework, the Congress will welcome them.

Has the party given the government all authority to stop this meet?
The whole nation is united on this and asks that the meeting be stopped. Everyone is terrified to even think of the consequences. So the Congress party asks the government to take whatever steps are necessary to stop it.

There are rumours that you are very active because you want to be prime minister again?
I have become prime minister four times. The office is not a big deal for me, it comes and goes. For me the most important things are my country, democracy and a constitutional monarchy. There is no need to place issues of such national importance on the same level as the office of prime minister. I am working to bring all believers in democracy together to get the country out of the trouble it is in.

Does Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have your individual support and the party's support?
Prime Minister Deuba is from the party. He was elected leader of the party in parliament and I have promised him my full support. I will stick to my promise. The party also fully supports him.


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