Former chief of Nepal Army Rukmangad Katawal has claimed that protracted transitional period will only provoke the Nepal Army to forcefully grab the state authority.
“All the constitutional organs of the state are at a defunct state. If the present situation prolongs the Nepal Army could grab the state power forcefully.”
He made this tantalizing remarks July 22, 2012 while addressing a press meet organized by ‘Independent Journalists Association’ in Pokhara of Kaski district.
“The Nepal Army is the only institution that is the savior of the nation”, he added.
“I am not in favor of Nepal Army taking over the state power”, he said and added, “I for one hope that such a situation will never come.”
When asked if the institution of monarchy will stage a comeback replied Katawal, “In the present situation I see no possibility for the institution which has been limited in the pages of history to make a comeback.”
“A few number of people making demands for the revival of monarchy is not enough”, he said and added, “However, I am surprised that the bunch of people who took to the streets against monarchy have begun raising demands in favor of monarchy. This has raised a serious question mark.”
Mr. Katwal was sacked by the Maoists government, May 3, 2009, and was reinstated the same evening by Nepal President.
Naya Patrika daily reported recently that Nepal President did so under the instructions of an Indian Minister Pranav Mukherjee.
Mr. Mukherjee is now the President of India.