Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Ex-Prime Minister, Nepal
Q1: Are you keeping track of the King these days?
Chand: Currently, the monarchy in Nepal cannot be viewed as a power center. I also have not seen any move as such taken by the King of late and equally difficult to visualize it.
Q2: You mean to say you are no more in contact?
Chand: I have not seen him after his last birthday celebrations. It has been long since I held direct or any kind of political talks with the monarch. Even during the birthday celebration, the meet was just limited to exchange of wishes. After the change, I met him once and we talked of politics and the changes brought about through the advent of new politics in the country. I found him more concerned over why he had to give up. Nothing after that…
Q3: You prepared to support the now sidelined monarchy?
Chand: When the King was strong there were others who were close to him. Now, he is in a weakened position and there have been clandestine moves to show that I have become close to him now. What he did then was more guided by the then unfolding political situation. The political parties had then tried to overlook the constitutional provisions, which resulted in my coming to the power set-up. The parliament was dissolved, I had the mandate to conduct election within six months but nothing happened even in fourteen months. Even then I tried my best to bring politics on track…I failed and thought it more logical to resign. I do not regret however. Now the King has not asked for support…but if he asks, I’ll see what happens and what could be done. I’ll think and discuss among my colleagues.
Q4: What you are involved in currently?
Chand: Just a bit of politics…no more the desire for any kind of leadership. I am more interested in activities associated with Nepali literature. Actually, I am a man of situation, will do what my party (RPP-Rana) asks me to do. May even reject CA poll candidacy. (Smilingly looks at RPP President Rana who is closely seated by him).
(Courtesy: The Samachar Patra Vernacular Daily dated 25 January 2008)