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Nepal king moves out of royal palace

world Updated: Jul 06, 2011 11:54 IST

A day after the government decided to nationalise royal properties, King Gyanendra on Friday moved out of his palace to a summer retreat in Kathmandu's suburb in an apparent sign of impatience with the interim administration's move to further clip his powers.

King Gyanendra and Queen Komal have shifted to Nagarjuna Palace, which is registered in his name, for three months until the crucial Constituent Assembly polls on November 22.

Sources said though the government allowed King Gyanendra to stay on in the Naraynhiti palace here untill the Constituent Assembly polls that will decide the fate of the 238-years monarchy, the royal couple decided to move to the Nagarjuna Palace.

Many have regarded the kings recent move as the sign of his impatience with the government's latest decisions. However, others look on the move as part of a conspiracy to foil the CA polls.

A royal palace source, however, claimed that King Gyanendra and his family moved to the new location as part of their vacation plan set weeks earlier and that their departure from Narayanhiti has nothing to do with yesterday's government's decision to nationalise his properties and clip the powers of the monarch.

After the Parliament sliced most of the powers of the King and snatched his title as the Supreme Commander of the Nepal Army, the government has directed the authorities to remove all photographs and slogans valourising the monarch from the military headquarters and other buildings of the army.

Earlier this week, Nepal constituted a high-level panel headed by Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula to nationalise the properties of the King in a follow up action to a proclamation passed by parliament.