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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

King Gyanendra’s regime will fall

[b]King Gyanendra’s regime will fall[/b]

By Bikash Sangraula in Kathmandu

Khatmandu, 23 October, (; Arjun Narsingh K C, 58, has been in active politics in Nepal for 43 years. Currently a Central Committee member of Nepal’s largest party, the Nepali Congress (NC), K C was jailed for the first time at the age of 15 while he was a student, for his democratic beliefs. K C has worked variously as spokesperson of NC, chief of the party’s Intellectuals’ Department, International Department and Publicity Department.

During the democratic exercise in Nepal between 1990 and 2002, be became Education Minister, Health Minister and Minister for Physical Planning and Works. So far, K C has served several jail terms totaling to five years and four months. He recently resigned from the post of the chief of NC’s Policy and Programs Department stating that he would be able to work better as a Central Committee member.

Bikash Sangraula, Kathmandu Correspondent for the “Asian Tribune,” talked to K C at his residence in Kathmandu. Excepts :

Asian Tribune: Election is an important part of democracy. Your party says that it is fighting for democracy. Yet it has decided to boycott elections. Can you explain why?

Arjun Narsingh K C: We know elections are very important in democracy. Some people see the two as synonymous. The important thing here is that this government is unconstitutional and it does not represent the people and the public opinion. The government is trying to justify the royal takeover of February 1, 2005, through election. It is a ploy to make parties endorse autocracy. The main issues in the country now are the autocratic regime of the king and the armed violence from the Maoists. How do elections address these issues? Elections will only complicate the situation.

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