May 23, 06 | 12:09 pmThe reinstated House of Representatives (HoR) on Thursday, May 18, 2006 declared itself as the “supreme” power and curtailed the royal powers creating a drastic change in the Nepalese history. His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (HMG/N) has thus become Nepal government and Royal Nepal Army as Nepali Army thus declaring Nepal as a secular country, which was popularly known as the “only Hindu kingdom in the world.”The House unanimously passed the proposal presented before it by 84-year-old Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Thursday afternoon that has renamed His Majesty’s Government (HMG) Nepal as “Nepal government” and Royal Nepal Army (RNA) as the “Nepali Army.”
The declaration has also deprived the king from his discretionary powers that were stipulated in the 1990 constitution of the kingdom of Nepal. Now onwards, the monarch will not have any authority to enact the law concerning royal succession, which will be done by the parliament.
To celebrate the HoR proclamation, a public holiday was declared on Friday, May 19, in Nepal. A notice issued by the Home Ministry said all the government offices, semi-government offices and Nepalese embassies and consulates abroad will remain closed on Friday. The ministry said the decision had been taken to celebrate the HoR proclamation that declared itself as "sovereign."
At one hand, Nepal is being declared as a secular country and victory rallies are being seen in different parts of Kathmandu and Nepal whereas at the other hand Maoists are still continuing their extortion in different parts of. Businessmen and entrepreneurs have expressed their frustrations and complained that Maoists are continuing their donation drive despite the ceasefire declared by them and despite repeated requests from the government not to do so.
According to reports, Maoists have also intensified their fund collection campaign in Biratnagar. The rebels collected the funds for a people’s gathering to held last Saturday.
Over 200 Maoist cadres were mobilized to visit every household in the city to collect donations.
Maoist leadership said that they are collecting only voluntary donations from people to feed their cadres and rules that they are forcing anybody to pay donations.
As a part of various movements, the protest held in Kathmandu against former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on May 17 destroyed the statue of the first King of modern Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah mounted on a column infront of Singha Durbar in Kathmandu. Prithvi Narayan Shah was the first king of Shah dynasty and he was the one who united the small states then known as “Baisi and Chaubisi Rajyas” and established modern Nepal. The statue has not been removed from the column yet, however, it is now covered with a crimson velvet cloth without giving a glimpse of the destroyed statue at all. Most people have expressed their sadness to know about the destruction and damage done to a historical artifact as such of a great King who gave birth to Nepal.
By Barsha KC, KATHMANDU, Nepal (eTN)