Parliament will decide on royal succession, current National anthem that only praises the king will be replaced by the new one, Chief of the Army Staff will be appointed by the Council of Ministers, not the king. Raj Parishad Scrapped. Civil Servants will be assigned for Palace official posts
Yes, he is also liberated from the oppression of Monarchy: A man gathered outside Singha Durbar, Nepal’s administrative center where Parliament is located, listens to radio coverage about the landmark House proceeding. Pic by Shaligram Tiwari
[House of Representatives (HoR) has unanimously endorsed the historic declaration called House Proclamation 2063.]
In a historic declaration, the House of Representative is minutes away from declaring itself the supreme body of Nepal and removing the king from the Supreme Commander of the Nepal Army (not Royal Nepal Army anymore) and bringing the king under the tax. There is no Hindu Kingdome in the world by constitution; Nepal has become the secular state. The declaration is indeed historic and empowered people in real sense.
Prime Minister’s Warning:
While tabling the proposal, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala warned anyone trying to ignore the declaration will face tough actions from Nepali people. “This Proclamation has reflected the desire of the people and each and every word of the Proclamation is written with the blood of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives. If anyone dares to underestimate the House Proclamation 2063, will face dire consequences.” He also request people to cautiously watch the developments in the days to come. “I appeal to all the people to raise their voices against those who attempt to undermine the proclamation.” Koirala’s warning was indirectly addressed to the royal palace.
Koirala requested the speaker to read out the declaration citing his poor health. Speaker Subash Nembang read out the declaration amidst the constant applauds of the members of the house. Members of the Parliament clapped for as long as 30 seconds when speaker read that the current provision of the Supreme Commader of the Army was scrapped. They also welcome by long clap when speaker said that Royal Nepal Army will be renamed Nepal Army.
The declaration also states that all constitutional and legal provisions that conflict with the declaration will be declared void.
Lets listen to what Surya Bahadur Thapa, former Prime Minisgter and a traditional royalist, has to say on the discussion this afternoon (he is speaking as we are writing these lines): “As a citizen at the end of his life, today I am proud to be the member of a supreme and all powerful Parliament.”
This is the happiest day for me, a person who has suffered a lot [from the king] that people are being supreme here today. I am a son people and I am elated. I thank those young people who fought so hard in the Jana Andolan. We heartily welcome this declaration.
–Sher Bahadur Deuba, former Prime Minister who was sacked twice by autocratic king Gyanendra while speaking at the Parliament this afternoon. He is speaking in the discussion on the historic declaration as we write these lines .
Addressing the House in Hindi, Hridayesh Tripathi, leader of Nepal Sadhbhavana Party (Anandidevi) welcomed the declaration.
We were waiting for this day for the last 56 years. Thanks to the people of Nepal, this has turned into a reality.- Chitra Bahadur KC, Jana Morcha
Highlights of the House Declaration:
The name His Majesty’s Government of Nepal changed to Nepal Government
Nepal becomes a secular state
National anthem to be changed
Name of Royal Nepalese Army changed to Nepal Army
The post of Supreme-Commander-in-Chief of the army held by the king and the constitutional provision regarding the mobilisation of the army scrapped
Army and all other security limbs of the state brought under the direct control of the HoR
Council of Ministers to appoint the Chief of Army Staff
Rajparishad scrapped, its duties and responsibilities will be exercised by the HoR
Parliament to formulate, amend, and annul the laws deciding the heir to the throne
All executive rights of the state vested only in the Council of Ministers
Prime Minister will summon the House session and Speaker will end the session on PM’s recommendation
Parliament to decide Royal Palace expenditures and other facilities
Private property and income of the king to be taxed as per the existing laws
Questions can be raised in parliament and in a court of law against the king’s unconstitutional and illegal actions
The Royal Household Service scrapped, civil servants to replace Royal Household Service employees
The Council of Ministers to decide the security arrangement of the Royal Palace
The provisions of the Constitution of Nepal 1990 and other laws which contravene the House Proclamation will be null and void to the extent of contravention
Read more about the declaration here.
226 responses to “House Declared Supreme! King Will Pay Tax! Nepal A Secular Country! Army Under Parliament!”
CONGRATULATIONS NEPALI DAJU BHAI DIDI BAINI HARU!!!!
THIS IS A UNIQUE DAY IN OUR HISTORY. LET US SAFEGUARD OUR INFANT DEMOCRACY BY KEEPING AWAY ALL THE CORRUPTIONS AND EXTREMISMS.
LET US ENVISION A LIFE OF PEACE AND MODERATION AS ENVISIONED BY BUDDHA AND OTHER GREAT PHILOSOPHERS.
LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY!! LONG LIVE BRAVE MARTYRS!!
I welcome this declaration. Congratulations people of Nepal. Now the days of democracy have come in our country. I wish I was there in Kathmandu to celebrate. But I will celebrate in my own way. Thank you parliament. Thank you martyrs. I am so proud of you today. King paying tax? Come on, I really want to see that. How much? I am so excited. I can’t express myself here. Hurray!!
Seems like a REVOLUTION.
Is it dawn of Nawa Nepal?
GUYS I AM BACK, COULD NOT RESIST!!
We better call it “KRANTI” right?
More than aandolan!!
Today Nepal has become free of Rana Shaahan.
Congratulations to us all Nepalese. This is one of the happiest moment of my life. Let us celebrate new found democracy based on people´s power. Let us build a peaceful and prosperous Nepal. Let us work for a balanced (regionwise) development. Let us build a harmonious, just, impartial, right person in the right job, equal opportunity for all society. Let us inculcate LOVE not WAR. Let us make democracy inclusive,unshakable by socioeconomic developwment
My Nepal My Pride My Dream.
On this historic ocassion, I request Puspa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda), Babu Ram Bhattarai, Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) and all revolutionary leaders to give up voilence forever and use their mind and muscle to build a peaceful, democratic, prosperous and proud Nepal.
It took 56 years after Delhi Understanding between Nepali Congress and Rana Regime to throw out Rana Shahan completely. Avtually Ranas were controlling the every aspect of our life till this morning. All citizens should have opportunity of jobs, work and open industries.
This is a revolution. But as Prime Minister Koirala has warned, we the people should be extra careful. Reactionaries and royalists can fight back at any moment. We shouldn’t leave the streets. We should be constantly monitoring the situation. By the way, has the army moved out of the royal palace by now? Has they started packing at least? It’s been already an hour or so that the declaration has been tabled.
Has the tax office prepared itself for a surprise inspection of king’s properties? I am eager to know.
And will the cabinet fire the current Chief of the Army Staff in its first meeting now? Why don’t they convene an emergency cabinet meeting to replace the army leadership?
This is a revolution but it has just begun. I request all people to be cautious while celebrating. Yes, I am also celebrating.
this is the start of a new nepal
good to hear that the kings power has been cut down.
now what about the power of the ministers? what will they do? buy brand new pajero’s for themselves? take a huge sum as salary? for rent? what about the people who sacrificed their lives for this day? what about their families.
there is still a lot, whose fate is to be decided
what happens, if in the future a ministers son commits a crime? will that son be put to justice?
the party is just gettin started
GREAT job done.
I always hated GIRIJA, but now I THank him for his
Wow! Its a fantastic moment!
Its a moment of Victory for all the Nepali People !!
For the 1st time in the history of Nepal, we have got to see the real change infavour of the people.
Let us Celebrate being Cautious !!
Great Day for all of us.
Now we have to safeguard this achievement.
Its a good beginning. But words and papers dont have great impact unless they are implemented accordingly. Hope the all powerful house remains committed to the people and not deal with absolute power that corrupts absolutely.
The SPA + Maoists have finally reduced the power of the Palace. Now whom they will blame when they screw-up? They will desparately need the next fall-guy.
See how long we had been suppressed!
We citizen of Nepal should feel proud of this. But real challange for peace and hunger should not be minimised.
Now the party should give us the answer, shall we start to imagine the development like in China and India. 237 years of the Shah dynasty was the barrier for us now no one…no excuse for NETAJI…either rule with the commitment or leave to another one…peoples eye from today will be after them…
congratulation to all nepali in this historic event….
Now the party should give us the answer, shall we start to imagine the development like in China and India. 237 years of the Shah dynasty was the barrier for us now no one…no excuse for NETAJI…either rule with the commitment or leave to another one…peoples’ eyes from today will be after them…
Today I am proud to be a citizen represented by “my” parliament. People of Nepal are free to choose their destiny from today. God bless Nepal !!!
Sanjay ( Bristol, UK)
NEW YEAR NEW PROCOMALATION NEW NEPAL
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Conngratulation to all the Nepali folks. I am proud to be a Nepali.
What a moving comment (and remark) Jilla Bashi (18). I felt like crying while reading the last line of your remark. Yes, we were really under supression. But again I say, revolution has just started. We have to watch the next few weeks very carefully.
It is the French revolution which established the charter of citizens rights in 1789. Not the American declaration of Independence. I think declaration of Independence of US was in 1776.
Any way I am VVVVVVVVVV….. happy about our proclamation in the parliament.People of Nepal are peaceful and they tolerated power sharing beween the King and the people from 1990. There was dual adminisration till now. Now it has been shelved in the history.
I urge that the Ministry of Education should formulate the new school curriculum in which students should be tought the history of democratic struggle in Nepal.
Can I propose one thing ? let us say TAPAIN to Everybody to everybody in Office everywhere from today.Let us not speak JYUNAR GARIBKSHYIO from today. It develops and promote equality among all citizens of a free country Nepal.
I can’t believe it happened today. I am sooooo happy. Really, really happy. The king was like a snake and that has been contained. But that snake might raise its head. I agree with Supriya that we should be careful. We should closely guard this achievement that our parliament got today.
Now I believe that Maoists should end the violence. Now we should restructure the Nepal Army by including Maoist army. That is the most important thing and biggest challange for us. Yes there is the election of constituent assembly too.
Raman Guragain ‘Halkara’,
I think Proclamation still left one essential point.That is about corruption in the Govt. and society. This is a big scourge of the society. They could have included it. Are they (leaders) still inclined for corruption ?
Nepal becomes a secular state
R u stupid. this is one of the most stupid thing I have ever heard. Nepal should be Hindu Country…..I am proud to come from a hindu country….stupid politician.
we should be ready to face new challenges to make country prosperious
this is the real end of samanti sanskar and such paripati
all nepalese should go ahead with national feeling
the proclamation has represented half of ours feeling and the next half wil be fulfilled by the constitutoinal assembly
why do u think so
what had been when nepal was hindu state
this is not boastful thing
there are other religion too on nepal
we should respect it
country should not be represented from religion
we had fought to made nepal SECULAR also
also there are many things in Nepal to be secular ie marma of secularism understand it
HOW ABOUT THE FOLLOWING NEWS:
1. MAOISTS ARE RECRUITING FOR PLA. THEY WANT TO REACH 100000 STRONG. PROMISING THEM THAT JOIN NOW AND YOU WILL BE PART OF THE NEPAL ARMY ONCE THE ARMY AND PLA MERGE.
2. DABUR NEPAL IS TAKEN OVER BY MOISTS. THEY WANT DABUR TO EMPLOY 5000 OF THEIR PEOPLE.
3. BANKS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PAY 2000000 TO 10000000 DEPENDING ON THE BANK.
4. BUSINESS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EITHER ASKED TO PAY OR HOUSE AND FEED THOUSANDS OF THEIR CADRE OR ELSE THEY WILL HAVE THEIR HEADS AND BODIES SEPARATED.
5. ESPECIALLY BUSINESS PEOPLE IN BIRGUNJ HAVE BEEN THREATENED THOROUGHLY.
WHERE’S THE SECURITY, WHERE’S THE DEMOCRACY, WHERE IS THE PEACE, AND WHERE OR WHERE IS THE media?
This is a great news. However, we should not be over elated since declaration is one thing and implementing it is another thing. We should still carefully watch all the events as they fold since they can still screw up. Centuries old ties of RNA to King cannot be cut off overnight. This is a gradual process and we need to see that the Government and Nepal army implements it.
Also, Govt cannot be sidetracked with this declaration and implementing it. Our main goal is still negotiation with the Maoists and CA election.
Guys and girls, let us not forget our main goal while this process is being implemented.
Congratulations to all of us who love peace and democracy. Thank you Girije, finally you did something to remember in the history of New Nepal. The day of Monarch power has been replaced by Peoples’ power. We are no longer suject of Baksishs. However, the difficult road has just began. Prachanda, now its your turn to show Nepalis people you also also love to seen prosperous democratic Nepal, not outdated sigle Communist regime. Lets build our country for good so we not long have to beg from others. We will held our head high. This is the time to come together for good. But we still have warn the leaders constantly to keep them on track. It will not take much before they again become currupts…look the Shere Deuba’s team. They cant decide on cabinet members. Publicly know currupt C Wagle, B. K Gachadar, Bal B KC and ….are fighting to for cabinet posts.
long live democracy.
The King is the least of our problems. How come therer is no coup and army attempts to take over after all this announcement?
The main threat is the Maoists and noone is doing anything with them and each passing day their strength and atrocities are increasing.
Ceasefire ? – “Yes but that does not mean we can not threaten and break legs – Maoist commander (Birgunj)”.
This is GREAT but I wish the following points were included in the declaration also:
Declare February 18th Election Day in Nepal.
205 members of the House of Representatives, 75 members of the National Assembly (one from each district) and the Prime Minister should be elected by the general public.
Term limits for the members of the National Assembly and for the Prime Minister
must be one term of six years. Term limits for the members of the House must be three terms of two years.
Elected Prime Minister will choose the Ministers and Assistant Ministers.
Prime Minister, Ministers and Assistant Ministers should not be the members of National Assembly or the House.
Applauds to the parliament and especially the Prime Minjister for a change. The warning he has given is clear and unlike some who think it is geared towards the King, I think it is also geared very cleary toward the Maoists as well.
May 18 the National Democracy day. Forget Falgun 7. Do not celebrate the Bithday of King which falls on the 7th of July.
The best part is Secular State, i love it.
I hate [icd] religion!!!
Finally you morons did a good job after sucking of 15 [icd] years!!
When I first wrote in this blog, I had a hard time cming up with the handle, after I heard a guy outside my work say “laters”, I thought “amen!, LATERS to you too Gyane dai”, now the my has become absolete I have to find a new one!!!!
Congratulations to all of Nepali people for this and for the future, I know we can do it!!!!
When I first wrote in this blog, I had a hard time cming up with the handle, after I heard a guy outside my work say “laters”, I thought “amen!, LATERS to you too Gyan dai”, now the my has become absolete I have to find a new one!!!!
Congratulations to all of Nepali people for this and for the future, I know we can do it!!!!
Shoot!, please read, “now my name has become obsolute I have to find a new one”
Finally leaders have come to their senses.
It was the stupidity of the leader in 1990 this couldn’t be done. Then they were still looking at kings face and waiting as a dog what ever king gives.
New andolan has brought leaders to their senses and taken a BOLD step. Not looking at the kings face but understanding publics sentiment.
But the things has just started. Its the responsibility of leaders now to build the nation.
What is this maoists doing blackmailing businessmen. Maoists leaders don’t have control of their gurilla force or what?
Congralutations from France !
I’m so happy for you, brave people of Nepal !
I waited this day for so long.
Zillions cheers !!!
Cyp aka Pascal Dai
this is very good news…..the beginning of the new nepal…one thing is that the house did not say anything about the corruption issue….they should have adressed it….and the most serious issue is the maoists..they are on a extorsion spree….they dont have any morals….they should stop the extorsion spree….n e ways the corrupt king is out thats very good news…..
If the army is now the “Nepal Army”, why is there still a website of the “Royal Nepalese Army” out there?
Scoop, thank you for reminding these kathmandu centric people of the realities re maoists “on the ground”. I am American and recently returned from a trip to eastern Nepal (near Jitpur). I was there for 6 days. The family I stayed with, old friends from when i worked in nepal full time in the 1990’s, told me in whispered tones of the threats that were still being made. They are NOT FREE, the Maoists HAVE NOT DISSAPEARED. If anything, they are upping their extortion, threats and just appearing more in public now, trying to do improve their public relations. who knows, maybe they hired a high power media consultant from the USA to improve their image in Kathmandu!! But kathmandu is not at all aware of the reality on the ground in much of Nepal.
Stop your celebrating. You guys in Nepal celebrate way too soon…and then the dark reality hits. The maoists are not gone. They have not given up their weapons, their violence and their threats. And they are not planning to give it up anytime soon, not until their demands are fully met. And for them, that means a totalitarian state. Just look at how so many of these young maoist men and women out protesting seem brainwashed in their ideas. They will not willingly go into the night. They are hardened Maoists now.