ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MANILA-Ballot without Bullets

KATHMANDU Release that Misfired MUC H publicity was given in the Nepali Press recently to the story of Nahkiil Kazi who had been detained by the Varanasi police in India lor allegedly attempting to murder Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala, leader of the Nepalese Congress and Prime Minister of the first elected government in Nepal (1959-1960). Koirala, imprisoned since 1960 because of his differences with the King over Panchayati Raj, has been staying at Varanasi for medical treatment since his release from Nahlcu jail in October 1968. Since the royal takeover in December 1960, when the uncomfortable alliance between King Mahendra and Koirala's popularly elected government was unceremoniously terminated, Koirala has spent about eight years in various Nepalese jails where treatment of political prisoners is by no means exemplary. Koirala's health deteriorated rapidly, a ground which was used for his release. But there were indications that it was the King's anxiety about the upsurge of popular movements in the country, and especially in poverty-stricken agrarian areas, that had persuaded the King to took to Koirala's Congress as a political counter-weight. Koirala had therefore lieen released and allowed to go to India for medical treatment. During the past 12 months of his freedom there have been several attempts on his life

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