Former Crown Prince Paras Shah has said that the monarchy may return in the country if people wanted it. Paras was speaking to the media persons in Birgunj on Wednesday, April 28. He also added that, he is not interested to become a king.
“I don´t want to be a king personally,” Shah said, adding, “But if the people want, monarchy may return.”
Paras Shah is living in Singapore after the royal family was forced out of the palace. The controversial statement follows the similar statement of the former king Gyanendra, who said – the monarchy is not finished yet.
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Rough translation of Q and A with Paras Shah, as published in Kantipur:
Q: Why are you here?
Paras: I am here for religious and social work. I request you to limit it to that level and understand that this is not the time to talk about politics. I will talk about what the people want when the right time comes.
Q: When will that time come? After Jestha 14?
Paras: It is in the hands of people.
Q. One of the media house in Singapore reported that you told about organizing a political party and participate in polls.
Paras: I haven’t told like that. Media people write things after alteration. I haven’t talked like that. If the people want any thing can happen through polls.
Q. Do you see any chance of return of Monarchy?
Paras: It all depends on future. Anything can happen. You can see the people participation here. I think it all depends on the want of people.
Q. Will the Constitution 2047 be in active again in the new constitution is not complete by Jestha 14 ?
Paras: I don’t know about that. I am not a political person.
Q. You look more handsome than before?
Paras: Don’t talk like that (with clapped hand).
Q. What do you say about the participation of people here?
Paras: It doesn’t matter what I say. You say how you see it?
Q. What do you think?
Paras: I am very happy, you can see. Personally I am very happy. You have to understand. You have to tell the people about it too.
Q. Will you become a King if people choose you to be one?
Paras: Personally I might not be a king. Institution is another thing. What ever we do is for the institution not for a person. I think, that is more important.
Q. What do you think about making it a Hindu country?
Paras: Look, I am a Hindu. I am here to worship. This is a political question. It is difficult. If I talk about it, some may like and some may not. So, I don’t want to get in it.
Q. Your personal view?
Paras: If I talk about it, it will be a political issue.
Q. Is the monarchy institution planning to do something on the political deadlock?
Paras: We do what the people tell us to do. We are the worker of the people. We respect people so we left the throne for the people. For peace. There should be peace, shouldn’t be any killing.
Q. You have been living in Singapore for the long time? You are now in Nepal. What shall we interpret on your activities?
Paras: I came Nepal on Sunday. I am on my way to Birgunj.
Q. Will you return back to Singapore?
Paras: I will return soon. The weather is not good here.
Q. What do you want to tell the people through the media?
Paras: Look, we shouldn’t go to war again. Nepal needs peace. We need development. You should support in the process. Look, solution should be reached through peaceful process.