Armed campaign in support of the King

From our man in Kathmandu – With the peace talks between the ruling Seven-Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoists stalled over the future of the Nepalese monarchy, a little known party announced it would launch an armed struggle in support of the Nepalese king yesterday.

The Nepal Janatantrik Party (Nepal Peoples Party), based in the west of the country, said it would launch an armed struggle in support of the king.

According to the local daily the Hymalayan Times a “sabotage programme” will be launched from mid-December to mid-February in support of the Nepalese monarchy.

“An armed struggle has been declared from the far west to show disagreement with the current political activities under which all others except the seven political parties making up the SPA and the Maoists are being treated badly,” said the statement.

According to the newspaper, the party formed in May and is headed by a man known as Samrat, real name Rana Bahadur Chand.

The pro-monarchy statement was released as the fourth top-level peace talks between the SPA and the Maoists ended on Sunday without agreement, with the future role of the monarchy being a major hurdle.

Prime Minister Koirala fears that further erosion of the monarchy could lead to another armed conflict in the country.

With senior army figures still loyal to the King, the proposed armed pro-monarchy movement could take a dramatic turn.

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