Ex-King to shift to Nagarjuna Palace: Nepal govt

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Kathmandu, Jun 4 (UNI) The Nepal goverment today decided to give Nagarjuna Palace, also called King's summer residence, to former King Gyanendra Shah and his family for the time being.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar agreed to grant the palace located in the northern suburbs of Kathmandu to the ousted monarch for the time being and make the necessary security arrangements.

The ex-king's place of stay and security was the only decision made by today's cabinet meeting, although other crucial political issues were also discussed, Minister for Land Reform and Management Jagat Bahadur Bogati told the Kantipur.

The former King had enquired about his new residence and security with the government after the first Constituent Assembly meeting which directed the Shah family to leave Narayanhiti palace within 15 days.

During a meeting with Home Minister Krishna Sitaula at the former royal palace in Durbar Marg on Monday, Gyanendra Shah had asked the Home Minister to make arrangements for a new residence. It was previously thought that he would live with his son at Nirmal Niwas in Maharagunj.

Early this morning, former principal secretary at Narayanhiti palace Pashupati Bhakta Maharjan called on Prime Minister Koirala and discussed the sacked King's new residence and security.

Nagarjuna Palace, situated some eight kilometres north-west from the capital's centre, was previously owned by Gyanendra Shah in his capacity as king and nationalised by the government in August last year.

The palace was used by the then royals as a retreat before the monarchy was abolished last Wednesday.

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