‘Monarchy won’t make comeback’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
‘Monarchy won’t make comeback’

Jul 4, 2014-

Visiting Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Jolly has said his party respects the decision of the Nepali people to abolish monarchy, claiming that the BJP had in fact supported the move to remove the institution.

At a time when some sections expect the pro-Hindu BJP government in India to push for the revival of monarchy in Nepal and its reversal to a Hindu state, the BJP leader assured that his party will make no such attempts.

Speaking at an interaction organised by Reporter’s Club before leaving for New Delhi on Friday, Jolly said, “I must say Nepal’s monarchy had been considerably weakened after the royal massacre of 2001. I was here when the second Jana Andolan was at its peak. At that time, people wanted a complete change in Nepal, and I see a continuation of this spirit today. I don’t think monarchy will make a comeback in Nepal.”

Jolly, however, expressed his dismay that no mandate was sought from the people while declaring Nepal a secular state or erasing its Hindu identity.

He did not prescribe what kind of federalism will be appropriate for Nepal. “Any decision taken by the Nepali people and the political parties in this regard will be respected and adhered to.

We don’t want to suggest any model.”

Asked about Thursday’s incident when he was hit by a water bottle during a clash between dissenting cadres at the ongoing general convention of the CPN-UML, for which he came to Nepal, Jolly said it was an “accident” and the incident had not made him sad.

Jolly remarked that the barring of cadres from the convention being held in a small area could have disgruntled them. “The attack on me was in no way planned. The water bottle hurled by agitating cadres hit me accidentally.”

He said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes to visit Nepal “soon”. “We only want to see Nepal prosper and develop. India is ever ready to extend its

support,” said Jolly.

Unveiling the agenda of Modi’s visit, Jolly hinted at Indian support for the construction of a 600 megawatt hydropower project in Nepal and increasing Indian scholarships for Nepali students to 5,000 from the existing 3,000.

“Modi’s visit will be both cultural and political,” said Jolly, adding that India was ready to extend all kinds of support for industrialisation in Nepal.

Published: 05-07-2014 08:53

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