Former King’s re­marks stir na­tional pol­i­tics

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Former King Gya­nen­dra has again made news head­lines due to his re­marks he made on the day of Bhaitika, the last day of the Ti­har fes­ti­val. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing tika from his sis­ter Shobha at the lat­ter's res­i­dence, the former King told jour­nal­ists that time was ripe for him to take the lead­er­ship if the peo­ple al­lowed him to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity. How­ever, he said that he would take the lead­er­ship only if all the peo­ple wished so. The former King's re­marks made when the pro­cesses to hold the elec­tions to the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial par­lia­ments have be­gun have sent a rip­ple in the politi­cal cir­cle. How­ever, no se­nior leader has re­sponded to his re­marks al­though low-ranked party lead­ers ob­jected to them. The former King also crit­i­cised the present lead­er­ship stat­ing that they were re­spon­si­ble for the present mess in the coun­try. “As a re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zen, it is nat­u­ral for me to ex­press con­cerns and wor­ries about the coun­try. Now the time seemed to have come, I am ready to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity if the peo­ple want so. But all the peo­ple must de­sire (to ac­cept my lead­er­ship),” the former King said. He re­it­er­ated that peo­ple should ex­press their de­sire for his lead­er­ship. How­ever, he said that the cir­cum­stances in the coun­try were seek­ing his lead­er­ship. He ex­pressed his worry about the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion of the coun­try. He ac­cused the lead­er­ship of seek­ing scent in the pa­per flow­ers. “The sit­u­a­tion is such that where the lead­er­ships do not un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the gar­lands of nat­u­ral flow­ers, but they want to seek scent in the pa­per flow­ers,” he said. “It seems there is no lead­er­ship,” he added. Ob­vi­ously, the King was re­mind­ing the lead­ers of their act to abol­ish monar­chy and de­clare Nepal a sec­u­lar repub­lic with­out hold­ing ref­er­en­dum to seek peo­ple's con­sent. He fur­ther said that he was ready to take the lead­er­ship but the peo­ple should sup­port him. In his mes­sage, he clearly hinted that he was ready to take lead­er­ship but only in peo­ple's con­sent. He also said that he might be ac­cused of try­ing to be ac­tive again. “It is not the time to be ac­tive or in­ac­tive, the cir­cum­stances in the coun­try de­mand so,” he said.

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