Prerana Marasini

Kathmandu: The first Constituent Assembly meet scheduled to take place on May 28 is said to decide the proceedings to remove the monarchy.

A few weeks ago, Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai said in a television interview that the king could be given economic, social and cultural rights and benefits — a “graceful exit” .

Meanwhile, chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Kamal Thapa has said the country might see serious consequences if monarchy is ended in a rush.

Talking to the press for the first time after the CA elections, the former Home Minister said the issue should be decided only after drafting a constitution (which will take two more years).

Mr. Thapa also said he met other political leaders including Maoist Chairman Prachanda and discussed the issue. He, however, did not disclose what Mr. Prachanda’s response was.

About the future of the king, Mr. Thapa said, “The King won’t leave Nepal; I have heard him say so.’ He also said that king had “amazing self-confidence”. “No desperation is seen on his face,” he added.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal is a pro-monarchy party and Mr. Thapa was the Home Minister during King Gyanendra’s regime.

Chinese envoy’s plea

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Zheng Xianglin on Monday asked the government to award severe punishment to Tibetan protesters.

Mr. Zheng said arresting the protesters in the day and releasing them in the evening is like a “drama”.

In the first all-women protest on Sunday afternoon, more than 500 Tibetans were arrested from the capital but were later freed in the evening.