Just days after he issued a powerful reminder to his overthrowers about his continued presence in the country, Nepal’s former monarch Gyanendra Shah is reportedly planning a highly political visit to Thailand.
However, he will not be there to shake hands with the Thai royals or local politicians but he will be holding talks with unidentified political personalities from India, reports said Thursday.
Mr Shah, who recently told his former subjects (now fellow citizens) and politicians that he had not yet left his ‘home’ to indicate his displeasure at the mess the mountain republic currently finds itself in, is apparently due to rendezvous with Indian political leaders in the Thai capital, Nepal Samacharpatra Dainik, claimed today.
The national broadsheet said that although the visit is being planned as ‘personal’, the ex-monarch will be busy in a series of political meetings. He will be accompanied by his daughter-in-law Himani Shah, wife of former crown prince Paras Shah, and his personal aide Sagar Timalsina. His wife has been living in Thailand for nearly a month, it is understood.
Political pundits back in Nepal will be watching Mr Shah’s Thai movements closely specially because he is reportedly flying to India direct from Bangkok. Noted businessman and childhood friend of the former king Prabhu Shamser JBR is also accompanying Mr Shah on his Thai trip, Samacharpatra said citing its ‘source’ close to the ex-king.
It is noteworthy that the deposed king has repeatedly expressed his dissatisfaction at the state of affairs of the Himalayan nation of which he is an ordinary citizen now.
Issuing a press release on the occasion of Prithvi Jayanti, he recently projected his continued political interest by reminding the political parties that he had not left the country yet.