Nepal king misjudged poll results

April 16th, 2008 - 2:10 pm ICT by admin  

By Sudeshna Sarkar
Kathmandu, April 16 (IANS) Nepal’s embattled King Gyanendra misjudged the result of the crucial election that is likely to demolish his ancestors’ throne. The king threw an impromptu card party before the stunning news of an imminent Maoist victory reached the palace, a media report said. The win of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s party man Prakash Man Singh from Kathmandu, the first result of Thursday’s constituent assembly election, gave the royal family false hope that Koirala’s ruling Nepali Congress party was going to emerge triumphant and save the institution of monarchy from being scrapped, a Nepali tabloid reported Wednesday.

The king, who had urged his “beloved countrymen” to vote without fear in the crucial election, had begun to calculate the possible election result Friday, when the first results started tricking in, the Jana Aastha weekly said.

While Singh was headed for victory in Kathmandu 1, other NC contestants were leading in the remaining Kathmandu seats, making the king conclude that the party, which had in the past supported constitutional monarchy, would sweep the election.

The king also analysed that Koirala’s former prot

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