Government positive to provide Nagarjuna palace for Gyanendra

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Kathmandu, June 4 (UNI) Top leaders of three major parties, Nepali Congress (NC), Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) and Maoists, have positively considered the request of ex-King Gyanendra to use Nagarjuna palace for the time being, local news media reports said.

Ex-King Gyanendra had requested the government to consider about his residence once he vacated the Narayanhiti royal palace during his meeting with home minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula.

While Leader of the Nepali Congress and UML have agreed, the Maoists is also positive and the decision will be presented to the next cabinet meeting, kantipur said quoting officials.

A formal decision regarding providing Nagarjuna palace to the former king is expected to be taken by the next cabinet meeting, it is said. Monarchy was abolished last week and the Himalayan nation has become a federal democratic republic.

Meanwhile, the most important documents of the palace were not found when the government formed a committee inspected the palace this week, it is said.

The former king had said no documents was taken away as reported in the media during the meeting with the minister. However, the civil society has expresed concern to safeguard the historical documents from the palace as most important papers including the treaties and agreements with foregeign countries are kept in the palace during the king's rule.

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