only enraged her. As she was a slave to passions, she could not
brook any rebuke or rejection. So, she turned a cobra instantly and
started hissing listlessly. Her hot love was changed into bitter
hate. She aimed at his life, now. When her venom rose up, she
conspired with her crooked confidants in a conclave and came out
with a decision. Kunala must be off from the capital, first.
"How could be this achieved? What valid reasons shall send him
to distant lands?. She scratched her brain. Oh! Wonderful!! Her
devilish brain supplied a hellish clue. It was a malicious,
deep-laid, deadly scheme.
approached Asoka and convinced him to depute Kunala to the state of
distant troublesome Taxila. "His presence", said she
"is a political necessity", and added, "Distant
Taxila needs an able administrator". Old Asoka did not
apprehend her evil designs. Asoka accepted her proposal and soon
preparations were afoot.