CBSE Class 10 Answered
In 2001, the Nepalese king Birendra was killed in a mysterious massacre of the royal family. The new king Gyanendra was against democratic rule and dismissed the Prime Minister and the popularly elected Parliament in February 2005. As a result, the major political parties in the Parliament formed a Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and organized a four day strike at Kathmandu. It soon turned into an indefinite strike and was joined by the Maoists and other insurgent groups.
The movement put forward the following demands:
- Restoration of Parliament
- Power to an all-party government
- A new Constituent Assembly
The protestors numbered around 3 to 5 lakhs. Due to the continuous agitations, king Gyanendra finally conceded and accepted all three demands. Finally, on 24th April, the SPA chose Girija Prasad Koirala as the new Prime Minister of the interim government.