In yet another instance of demonstrating hypocrisy, suspended king Gyanendra who is NOT registered to vote has urged all people of Nepal to VOTE in the election of Constituent Assembly polls tomorrow. Issuing a press statement today through is palace secretariat, Gyanendra who staged a coup d’état, imposed an emergency and suspended the freedom of expression and imposed autocracy in February 2005 urged US to exercise OUR democratic franchise in a free and fair environment maintaining harmony and unity in the crucial polls. Instead of getting out of the Narayanhitti Palace, stopping to feed himself from the hard earned money of Nepali people, Gyanendra who assumed the throne under doubtful circumstances, issues a press statement in which he says:
“Beloved countrymen, it has been our only wish that the country progresses and prospers according to the sovereign decision of the people through the democratic process and that the nation’s existence, independence and integrity come under threat in no situation.
“We request all Nepalese citizens who are eligible to vote to exercise their democratic right in the April 10 Constituent Assembly elections in a free, fair and fear-free environment, maintaining the mutual harmony and unity.”
Updated on April 13:
In his customary New Year’s Day message King Gyanendra today (Baishak 1, 2056) said: “The enthusiastic participation of the Nepalese people in the Constituent Assembly elections, through which they have emphatically reiterated their firm resolve not to compromise the nation’s existence, independence and integrity under any circumstance, is a source of satisfaction for us. Along with peace and democracy, may the New Year inspire us all to uphold our legendary wisdom in ensuring that our national pride, its distinctive values and identity remain uppermost. On the occasion of the advent of the New Year 2065, we extend best wishes for peace, good health and prosperity of all Nepalese, living in the country and abroad.”