Kathmandu, Oct 11: Former King Gyanendra Shah offered tika to the general public on the occasion of the Bada Dasain festival, the greatest festival of the Nepalis, today.
The former king along with the former queen Komal Shah jointly gave tika to the members of the general public from 3.30 pm today at Nirmal Niwas, where the former royal couple resides.
People had thronged the Nirmal Niwas since the noon today to receive tika from the former monarch. Also present on the occasion were politicians of the Panchayat era, former administrators and the retired high ranking officials of the then Royal Nepalese Army.
First to receive tika from the former royal couple was former Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, Kamal Thapa.
Thapa has tweeted that he and the former king held whispering talks on politics for some time in course of receiving tika.