Democracy Day being celebrated today; Prez expresses sadness over CA's demise
The National Democracy Day is being observed across the country by organising various programmes on Monday.
The day is celebrated every year on Falgun 7 as per the official Nepali calendar to commemorate the day the nation was liberated from the 104-year-long Rana dictaorship (February 18, 1951).
There is a public holiday today to mark the day, but since last year, the Maoist-led government has not been organising any formal programmes to observe the day.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has extended best wishes to all Nepali brother and sisters in the country and abroad on the occasion of the 63rd National Democracy Day-2069 today.
According to state-owned news agency RSS, in a message today, President Dr. Yadav said although the 2007 revolution ended autocratic anarchy and brought forth social and physical changes in the country, the major national expectation of democratic system and values were yet to be realized.
Expressing disappointment over the demise of the Constituent Assembly without delivering constitution that Nepalis aspired much after the second jana andolan, President Dr. Yadav said the end of present political and constitutional deadlock has been the pressing need.
In the message, he said becoming honest, dutiful and hopeful to reach the destination despite failures is real characteristics of a true democrat.
In order to materialize the democratic commitments and dreams, the election to the CA on national consensus was only option we have at present.
On the occasion, the President said he hoped that all Nepalis would be able to strengthen the national integrity, unity and sovereignty and establish peace and order through cooperation, consensus and mutual trust.
In a similar message, Vice-President Parmananda Jha said the Democracy Day is unforgettable in Nepal's history in making the autocratic anarchy cower before the people's rights.
Adherence to democratic values was the only tool to achieve progress, prosperity and stability, he stressed.
Moreover, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, expressed best wishes to all Nepali brother and sisters in the country and abroad on the occasion of Democracy Day.
He urged all Nepalis for solidarity and cooperation to institutionalize democracy in Nepal.
PM Bhattarai also expressed tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in different movements for progressive change.
He also pointed out the need of the consensus and cooperation for durable peace in the country. Nepalnews.com