Kathmandu, Apr.19 : Maoist Chairman Prachanda has said that in order to facilitate the creation of a republic in Nepal, he is ready to talk to King Gyanendra to bring about a graceful removal of monarchy.
Prachanda told the Kantipur daily that he has started initiatives by talking with other political parties and diplomatic missions.
"The King will not be removed forcefully or dishonourably. We have started talks with people close to the King," he said.
Incidentally, Prachanda and senior Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had met with Kamal Thapa, president of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP-Nepal) - a pro monarchy party - on Friday.
Prachanda also said that if the King accepts the people's mandate, he will not face any action for past activities and could engage in normal business or even politics.
The Maoists appear aware about the wrong message any forceful eviction of monarchy could send inside and outside the country.
"We can present another surprise to the world by holding talks with (the King) about removal. If needed, I myself am willing to hold formal talks with him," Prachanda told Kantipur.