Gyanendra wants 'rubber stamp' Parliament: Deuba
Nepali Congress (Democratic) party said the King doesn't like constitution and he wants to rule by installing a rubber stamp Parliament.india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 13:25 IST
The Nepali Congress (Democratic) party on Monday alleged that Nepal monarch King Gyanendra wants to rule the country by installing a "rubber-stamp" Parliament.
"The King doesn't like this constitution and he wants to rule the country by installing a rubber stamp Parliament," party president and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba told the 'Kantipur National Daily'.
His remarks came at a time when ministers of the Royal government are saying that elections for Parliament will soon be held.
"The King who is not satisfied with the authority provided by the present Constitution will never agree on Constituent Assembly polls to draft a new Constitution that will curtail his powers," Deuba said.
The formation of a Constituent Assembly is one of the major demands of the Maoists and the seven-party alliance has also endorsed it by reaching an agreement with the Maoists.
Deuba was recently released following the Supreme Court verdict that annulled the Royal anti-graft commission that imprisoned him on corruption charges.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Nepal James F Moriarty has "blamed" King Gyanendra for the 12 point pact between the Maoists and the seven-party alliance.
"The big share of blame for the Maoist-parties agreement should go to the King, who didn't give any other option to the parties. The King forced the parties to sign such a pact with rebels by 'boxing them' into a corner while constricting space for them," he told Kantipur Television yesterday.
Asking the King to restore democracy, Moriarty warned the current state of affairs would not last that long. "The most likely result is the collapse of the state and the Maoists will make use of that."
First Published: Feb 27, 2006 20:30 IST