Monday, May 10, 2010

Call for Hindu Nepal at Mumbai meet

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    • A three-day religious meet that kicked off in India is seeking fresh action to restore Nepal as a Hindu state.

      The international meet on Hinduism that began Sunday in Mumbai is being addressed by the chief of Nepal's only openly royalist party, Kamal Thapa, and Indian politicians like Bal Thackeray, former chief minister of Maharashtra Manohar Joshi and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde.

      Thapa heads the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, the only party that contested the historic election in 2008 campaigning for a Hindu kingdom in Nepal, going against the popular political wave led by the former Maoist guerrillas. The election resulted in the abolition of monarchy and Nepal being declared a secular republic.

      'At the Mumbai meet, to be attended by over 1,500 delegates from all over the world, Thapa will be arguing for the restoration of a Hindu state in Nepal,' said Rajaram Shrestha, former mayor of Kathmandu and prominent leader of the royalist party.

      The Mumbai meet is also being addressed by former Nepali minister Khum Bahadur Khadka, whose ruling Nepali Congress party is divided over the issues of state religion and monarchy.

      Khadka has been advocating the restoration of monarchy and a Hindu state in Nepal.

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