Tuesday, June 19, 2007

PM denies making comments favouring 'minor King'

A day after a news about PM GP Koirala's view on monarchy made the headlines of all the newspapers, the PM gave new statement that the press "miss" - quoted him. Now now, what kind of statement is that? I think this is another good political joke. I don't want to comment anything on this topic.

Below is the news article from Nepalnews.com

A day after he was reported to have made remarks urging the King and Crown Prince to abdicate in favour of 'minor King' or face imminent republic, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has denied making such comments.

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala (File photo)

"I had referred to the statements I made in Biratnagar eight months ago. I had then urged the King (to consider this offer). But the King did not listen to me. And now the situation is different. Only the Constituent Assembly can decide the fate of monarchy now," he told reporters after the meeting of Nepali Congress parliamentary party in Baluwatar on Monday.

The Prime Minister said that the media had failed to understand what he had said during his interaction with a delegation of Pakistani journalists who were accompanied by members of Weekly Fortnightly Newspapers Network on Sunday.

"Our media is just learning so I do not want to make any specific comment about them," Koirala added.

The Prime Minister said that he cannot go against the wishes of people. "The CA will have the people's mandate and I cannot go against their decision," he said, adding, "I have no love or preference for monarchy."

At the NC parliamentary party meeting, many Congress lawmakers raised concerns about continued Maoist atrocities and wondered aloud if the CA elections can be held on time.

Meanwhile, the Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) leaders, too, raised objections against PM's reported remarks favouring 'minor King' at the meeting of standing committee on Monday. nepalnews.com sd Jun 18 07

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