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'Gyanendra ready to leave palace'

Nepal's ousted monarch has agreed to leave the palace, the Govt said, offering to provide security and a temporary accommodation to Gyanendra who was apparently having a rift with his son.

world Updated: May 31, 2008 22:26 IST

Nepal's ousted monarch has agreed to leave the palace, the government said today, offering to provide security and a temporary accommodation to Gyanendra who was apparently having a rift with his son.

Home Minister Krishna Sitaula said though the government has not yet directly talked to Gyanendra, he has been assured by palace officials that the former ruler was ready to vacate the Narayanhiti palace honouring the decision made by the Constituent Assembly.

"If Gyanendra asks for temporary settlement before he arranges for his permanent stay, the government may consider giving the property (Nagarjuna Hill resort) for some time," Sitaula told PTI on the sideline of a tea hosted by Federation of Nepalese Journalists to celebrate Nepal's transition to a republic.

Gyanendra's son Paras is living at Nirmal Niwas, the only private residence belonging to the former king as Narayanhiti and other palaces have already been nationalised after the Constituent Assembly abolished the 240-year-old monarchy on May 28.

"I have heard that the relation between Gyanendra and Paras is not good, so if he needs a separate place we may consider it," Sitaula said.

It is the responsibility of the government to provide security to Gyanendra and his family members after he leaves the palace, the minister said.