Updates on the stories of Dr. Tulsi Giri, Kamal Thapa, Shirish Shumsher Rana and Satchit Shumsher Rana
By Bikash Sangraula in the Kathmandu Post (Here is the original article)
They were busy inaugurating functions, issuing orders, formulating ordinances, attending press meets, denouncing the seven opposition parties and pushing King Gyanendra to continue with his “autocratic” rule until janaandalon II swept them away from the political scene. Today, most of the king’s loyal lieutenants are whiling away their time waiting for Godot.
For them, the recent political change is just another “step” by the king. They are certainly down but not out of the game yet.
Kamal Thapa, home minister in the royal government and the prime accused for atrocities committed against the peaceful protestors, said that the king made way for the parties’ roadmap after his own roadmap “for peace and democracy” failed, and the coming days would show whether the new roadmap works.
When asked why the king’s roadmap failed, Thapa said, “It is a matter for research. As an active implementer of that roadmap, I might have my own opinions, which I will make public later.”
But Thapa said that the “alternative roadmap should be given a chance”. When asked why the royalist government had to wait for the people’s movement and the death of 21 Nepalis to give the parties’ roadmap a chance, he said, “Till the last moment, we were absolutely sure that the king’s roadmap would work.”
Thapa also denied that the previous government unleashed terror on the peaceful demonstrators. He claimed that whatever was done was in accordance with the prevailing law and constitution. When asked whether he spent Rs 500,000 a day to crush the movement, he said, “That is not true. Let the new government furnish proof.”
Meanwhile, Satchit Shumsher Rana, member of the Rajparishad Standing Committee and one of the staunchest proponents of a military solution to the Maoist insurgency, said that he would be ready to comment on Nepali politics in one-and-a-half month’s time.
“They (seven parties) are in power now. They have joined hands with the Maoists. Let’s see whether they succeed,” said Rana, who is a former chief of the army staff. When asked how he sees the royal retreat and the probability of constituent assembly elections addressing the insurgency, Rana said, “I wish them all the best and hope that peace will prevail.”
Meanwhile, Shrish Shumsher Rana, who was minister of state for Information and spokesperson of the royal government, said that King Gyanendra has taken a “step” and it is up to the government to make that “step” a success.
He, however, refused to comment on the King’s “step”. “I won’t give an interview,” he said.
Meanwhile, vice-chairman in the now-scrapped Council of Ministers, Dr Tulsi Giri, refused to make any comment and stated that he was busy shifting residence.
“I will be ready for comments in a couple of days. Right now, I am moving out of government quarters. Let me settle down first,” he said.
Giri, however, noted that as a politician, he has an obligation to answer queries from the press, and he would respect that obligation later. “But, please don’t push me now,” he said, upon being prodded how he sees the royal retreat and the decision of the reinstated House of Representatives to go for constituent assembly elections.